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The Canyons

August 2nd 2013
  • Drama/Thriller,
  • Unrated,
  • 100 min,
  • IFC Releasing
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  • Cast: Lindsay Lohan, James Deen, Nolan Gerard Funk, Gus Van Sant, Amanda Brooks, Tenille Houston, Lauren Schacher, Michelle LaRue, Victor of Aquitaine, Matthew Hoffman, Alex Ashbaugh, Philip Pavel, Jarod Einsohn, Chris Schellenger, Andres De La Fuente, Jim Boeven, Thomas Trussell
  • Director: Paul Schrader
  • Writer: Bret Easton Ellis
  • Producer: Braxton Pope
  • Co Producers: Ricky Horne Jr., Kurt Kittleson, Beau Laughlin, Ross Levine, Ken Locsmandi
  • Associate Producers: Jordan Aveline Blair, Kyle Curry, Kerstin Emhoff, Glenn T. Morgan, Dax Phelan, Tim Silano, Maure Silverman, Paul Stewart, Jennifer Van Gessel, Manav Wadhwa
  • Art Direction: John Blake Pietrolungo
  • Castings: Venus Kanani, Mary Vernieu, Michelle Wade Byrd
  • Costume Design: Keely Crum
  • D.O.P.: John DeFazio
  • Editor: Tim Silano
  • Makeup: Julie Rea
  • Music: Brendan Canning
  • Production Design: Stephanie J. Gordon

Storyline

While calculating young movie producer Christian (Deen) makes films to keep his trust fund intact, his actress girlfriend, Tara (Lohan), hides an affair with an actor from her past. But Christian becomes aware of her infidelity, which leads the young Angelenos into a violent, sexually-charged tour through the dark side of human nature.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA
  • Production Budget: $250,000
  • Production Companies: Canyons, Prettybird, Sodium Fox
  • Production Schedule: 12 July 2012 - 14 August 2012

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2013 Guide Analysis: "A crowd-sourced, ultra low-budget, grindhouse-style noir from "American Psycho" author Bret Easton Ellis and "American Gigolo" director Paul Schrader. The story follows a group of young people in their twenties and "how one chance meeting connected to the past unravels all of their lives, resulting in deceit, paranoia, cruel mind games and ultimately violence." That's the pitch, but the real selling point here is that it stars troubled actress Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen in a retro, grainy, erotic black-and-white thriller in which she goes fully nude. Trailers for the film look incredibly bad, but on such a small budget there's no way this won't be both profitable and a frequently talked about piece of trash. Hopefully it'll have camp value."

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