I have been eagerly paying attention to the social activity and the Kickstarter project around the feature film – “The Canyons” written by the best pop-culture author Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero, American Psycho, Glamorama, Rules of Attraction), produced by Braxton Pope and directed by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Affliction).
“The Canyons” is a contemporary L.A. noir, about the dangers of sexual obsession and ambition, both personally and professionally, among a group of young people in their 20′s and how one chance meeting connected to the past unravels all of their lives, resulting in deceit, paranoia, cruel mind games and ultimately violence.
Promised not to be “The Hills” – we can only hope “The Canyons” is a creative twisted lifestyle film that isn’t overly focused on all of Hollywood’s most cliche looks at living. My hopes rest in the words of Bret Easton Ellis, an author who has never failed to deliver anything short of an edgy and provocative lens into the lives of the most corrupt and progressive millennials living in Los Angeles. Sidenote – the film does star Lindsay Lohan and James Deen.
Dan Shulman-Means, an editor and recent graduate from the University of Southern California (MFA Film & TV Production, 2012) is an avid cinephile who has written and directed over a dozen short films. Currently working as the assistant editor on the feature film “The Canyons,” Dan just released this official grindhouse-style teaser for the film.
“This teaser was made to resemble thrillers from the 1970′s. Two more teasers made to resemble 1950′s melodrama and 1930′s comedy will be delivered soon.”
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