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Lindsay Lohan and James Deen in Paul Schrader and Bret Easton Ellis’s The Canyons

We sent the Fall issue of Filmmaker magazine to the printer last night, and in my Editor’s Letter I riffed on Paul Schrader, who appeared in both our first issue of the magazine as well as its tenth anniversary. The issue you’ll receive in the mail and see on newsstands shortly is our 20th Anniversary issue, and while it doesn’t contain an interview with Schrader, I wrote that it might just as well have. That’s because, once more, he’s reinventing himself, completing a journey that led him from ’70s Hollywood screenwriter to DIY independent filmmaker. That said, the trailer for The Canyons, his Kickstarter-funded, Bret Easton Ellis-penned drama is a bit more retro than I expected. I’ll be interested in seeing if the style of this promo is found in the finished film, which stars Lindsay Lohan and male porn star James Deen, as well.

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