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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Paul Schrader’s The Canyons

If my predictions come out right, this year’s Sundance will be heavy on the porn thematic. Couple of Sundance editions back Soderbergh pulled out The Girlfriend Experience as the fest’s secret/surprise film and that was when several folks discovered starlet Sasha Grey. This year, we could find James Deen (that is Lohan’s bed-partner in the pic above) make the jump with Paul Schrader’s The Canyons. Schrader has been at the fest twice before with 92’s Light Sleeper and who could forget 98’s Affliction, but this Kickstarter funded item is perhaps part of a new wave of future Sundance entries – trending crowd-sourcing films from established auteurs. Production began in July, post-prod in September and we’ve witnessed a slew of media items since. The Lindsay Lohan vehicle/Bret Easton Ellis (The Informers cracked the fest line-up in 2008) could spill the most ink in Park City and plus it has Gus Van Sant in it.

Gist: This documents five twenty-something’s quest for power, love, sex and success in 2012 Hollywood.

Production Co./Producers: Braxton Pope (Shrink)

Prediction: Premieres section

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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