"[W]e believe that the film will do most of its business in the digital realm," Sundance Selects/IFC Films president Jonathan Sehring said in a statement. (He did not return a request for further comment.)
That "The Canyons" did not do better at the IFC Center is somewhat surprising given the publicity the micro-budget film has received. In January, before the picture had secured distribution, the New York Times Magazine published an in-depth story detailing the production's on-set troubles. Lohan, the child star turned jailbird, frequently showed up late and was so reluctant to strip naked for a contractually-obligated nude scene that director Paul Schrader took his own clothes off to make her feel comfortable.
Much of the film's budget -- $160,000 -- was raised via Kickstarter, though Schrader, screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis and producer Braxton Pope each contributed $30,000 of their own money to the production. The movie stars well-known adult film star James Deen as Christian, a young man trying to make his own low-budget film. Unbeknown to Christian, his girlfriend (Lohan) is involved in a secret romance with the lead actor he has cast in his movie.
Though "The Canyons" was rejected at both the Sundance and South by Southwest film festivals, it landed a coveted spot -- albeit out-of-competition -- at the Venice Film Festival late this month. Lohan, meanwhile, just completed her most recent rehab stint and guest-hosted an episode of "Chelsea Lately." The movie is also set to have a pool-side premiere at the Standard hotel in Los Angeles this week, so there's a chance buzz could pick up as the film expands to theaters in 10 markets next weekend.