We weren’t convinced it was actually going to happen, but guess what? The microbudget erotic thriller The Canyons Lindsay Lohan shot last July landed itself a premiere date—and at New York’s Lincoln Center, no less. Who knew LiLo had it in her?
On July 29, The Canyons will have its first public screening at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. But it’s not just a screening—attendees will also get the chance to get an insider’s view of the film in a post-viewing conversation between its director, Paul Schrader, and New York Film Festival Program Director Kent Jones.
To be fair, The Canyons does sound kind of interesting. Written by Bret Easton Ellis of American Psycho fame, it tells the story of what sounds like the worst couple in history: A cunning and manipulative movie producer (adult star James Deen) whose MO is making films to keep his trust fund intact and his girlfriend (Lindsay, of course), an unbalanced actress who is hiding an ongoing affair with an actor from her past—which, of course, gets found out, throwing the couple into a “violent and sexually charged odyssey.”
Why am I so intrigued by it? For one, there’s the team of Ellis and Schrader, both of whom tend to create work worth thinking about, even if it’s not to everyone’s taste. The “microbudget” thing is also a draw; the attempt to make a $250,000 film look like a $10 million film sounds like a fascinating and challenging undertaking. Then there’s James Deen: Though he’s largely been making headlines lately because of the ridiculousness of Farrah Abrahams, he’s got quite a following in the adult film world, and I’ll be interested to see whether he’s got legit acting chops to go with his other… shall we say, assets.
And naturally, there’s Lindsay herself. We watched her crash and burn in Liz and Dick, but there’s really only so much we can expect from a Lifetime movie; maybe given a better script and a creative team with artistic integrity, she’ll deliver the goods and finally get her career up and running again. Noted Kent Jones in a statement about the screening, “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 Loan at its center.” He continued, “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.” Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiinteresting, no?
Tickets for the screening (which, by the by, is being billed as An Evening With Paul Schrader) are on sale now for Lincoln Center members and subscribers to Film Comment magazine; they’ll be available for purchase by the general public starting tomorrow, July 11. Get ‘em here for $15. If, however, you aren’t located in New York, you’ll be able to catch The Canyons starting August 2 via Video On Demand and starting August 9 in select theaters.
Check out the trailer here:
Tell us: Will you be seeing The Canyons?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.