Paul Schrader's "The Canyons" will officially see the light of day on July 29th. The Film Society of Lincoln Center will host the world premiere of the already controversial film as part of "An Evening With Paul Schrader," which will feature a conversation with the director.
Starring tabloid staple Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen, "Canyons" comes from an original script by Bret Easton Ellis, and details Deen's character being "thrust into a violent, sexually-charged tour through the dark side of human nature."
Additionally, the upcoming issue of Film Comment Magazine features an in-depth exclusive interview with Schrader, as well as an essay discussing and commenting on the DIY effort he, Ellis and producer Braxton Pope undertook to make the film, the struggles and rewards of working with Lindsay Lohan, the decision to cast adult film star James Deen to star opposite her, and the film and potentially career transforming performance from Lohan that resulted from it all. The article can also be found here.
Full press release below.
New York, NY (July 9, 2013) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today it will host An Evening with Paul Schrader on Monday, July 29. The evening will include the World Premiere of Schrader’s drama THE CANYONS, the highly anticipated first public screening of the film, which will then be followed by a conversation between Schrader and the New York Film Festival Program Director, Kent Jones.
Additionally, the upcoming July/August issue of Film Comment Magazine features an in-depth exclusive interview with Paul Schrader, as well as an essay discussing and commenting on the DIY effort he, screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis and producer Braxton Pope undertook to make the film, the struggles and rewards of working with Lindsay Lohan, the decision to cast adult film star James Deen to star opposite her, and the film and potentially career transforming performance from Lohan that resulted from it all. The article can also be found on FilmComment.com.
Kent Jones, the New York Film Festival Program Director, said, “On one level, THE CANYONS is a visually and tonally precise, acid-etched horror story of souls wandering through a hyper-materialist hell, with a fearless and, I think, stunning performance by Lindsay Lohan at its center; on another level, it’s an inspiration and an example to us all: it’s difficult for me to imagine another filmmaker of Paul Schrader’s stature diving into the world of crowd-sourced moviemaking, let alone with such fervor, dedication and rigor.”
Directed by Paul Schrader from Easton Ellis’ script, THE CANYONS focuses on a calculating young movie producer Christian (James Deen) who makes films to keep his trust fund intact, and his actress girlfriend, Tara (Lindsay Lohan), who tries to hide an affair with an actor from her past. However, Christian discovers the truth and the couple is soon thrust into a violent, sexually-charged tour through the dark side of human nature.
Schrader addresses many subjects frankly and thoroughly in the July/August Film Comment Magazine. Some excerpts included below, and the full interview and essay can be found at: http://www.filmcomment.com/article/the-noise-factor and http://www.filmcomment.com/article/shooting-stars.
Discussing THE CANYONS as cinema for the post-theatrical era:
“..we’re making art out of the remains of our empire. The junk that’s left over. And this idea of a film that was crowdfunded, cast online, with one actor from a celebrity culture, one actor from adult-film culture, a writer and director who have gotten beat up in the past—felt like a post-Empire thing. And then everything I was afraid of with Lindsay and James started to become a positive. I was afraid we wouldn’t be taken seriously and people would think it was a joke. My son and daughter didn’t want me to do it. That just shows you how conservative young kids are.”
Schrader talks about Lohan’s initial discomfort with adult film star James Deen being cast as her co-star:
“When we first met with her. In fact, she was trying to get him out. The first read-through, I looked over at her notepad and she was making a list of other actors who could play these roles. I said, ‘Lindsay, I’m not gonna let you recast this movie.’ She was always wary of Deen. A little bit because of the porn thing, but also her fear was that he would steal her thunder.”
And the ultimate rewards of working with Lohan:
“From a selfish point of view, from a director’s point of view, that is, from my point of view, it was a treat to work with Lindsay. All the drama, the mishegas, all the stress—that means little. A director can shoot around misbehavior. He can’t shoot around lack of charisma. I just wish it were easier for Lindsay.”
Tickets for An Evening with Paul Schrader are now on sale for Film Society of Lincoln Center Members and Film Comment Magazine subscribers. Tickets for the General Public will go on sale on Thursday, July 11. Tickets are $15. Visit www.FilmLinc.com for additional information.