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The Canyons is a contemporary thriller written by Bret Easton Ellis, produced by Braxton Pope and directed by Paul Schrader.
The Canyons is a contemporary thriller written by Bret Easton Ellis, produced by Braxton Pope and directed by Paul Schrader.
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The Canyons is a contemporary thriller written by Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero, American Psycho, etc.) to be directed by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Affliction, Auto-Focus, etc.)  The Canyons documents five twenty-something's quest for power, love, sex and success in 2012 Hollywood. 

The film is a collaborative effort stewarded by former Lionsgate producer Braxton Pope as a response to the changing landscape of the film industry. Pope, Ellis and Schrader are partly financing the film themselves through Pope’s new company Sodium Fox in order to maintain complete creative control of the distinct source material.  According to Schrader, “We all experienced the frustrations of financing and institutional censorship. But now, with advances in digital photography and distribution, we can tell a story in the manner we choose. Movies are changing and we’re changing with it.”

The Canyons team has realized that Kickstarter is indeed a part of this new independent change, and is seeking to connect with our fan base even further with this campaign.  Raising money will assist us in the production of our film in addition to increasing awareness of it.  There is a distinct value in having an intimate relationship to those who care most about our work, and we are thankful to Kickstarter for helping foster these relationships.

INTERNATIONAL BACKERS OF $25 - $100 -- PLEASE ADD $10.

INTERNATIONAL BACKERS SELECTING: CANYONS SCRIPT PACKAGE, TWEET YOUR FILM PACKAGES -- PLEASE ADD $20.

INTERNATIONAL BACKERS SELECTING: SCHRADER FAN PACKAGE, BRET EASTON ELLIS FAN PACKAGE, SKYPE SESSION -- PLEASE ADD $25.

INTERNATIONAL BACKERS SELECTING: B.E.E. HARD PACKAGE, OR B.E.E. PAPER PACKAGE -- PLEASE ADD $40.

INTERNATIONAL BACKERS SELECTING THE CINEPHILE PACKAGE -- PLEASE ADD $50.

INTERNATIONAL BACKERS SELECTING PREMIUM PACKAGES (BRET'S ENTIRE CANON, FIVE PAUL SCHRADER SCRIPTS) -- PLEASE ADD $75.

Cinephile Package Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thecanyonsfilm/sets/72157629835299229

For those who choose Cinephile package, send us a message with your photo preferences after you complete your pledge.

Robert Deniro Moneyclip:  http://flickr.com/gp/thecanyonsfilm/8cjH6U

We are accepting open auditions for The Canyons via: http://letitcast.com/thecanyons

Thank You for all your support!

Like our film on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/TheCanyonsFilm

Follow us on twitter for film updates:

www.twitter.com/TheCanyonsFilm

www.twitter.com/BretEastonEllis 

www.twitter.com/BraxtonPope 

www.twitter.com/iVanguard

The Canyons will begin principal photography on July 9th in Los Angeles.   

Press Links:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bret-easton-ellis-kickstarter-the-canyons-320372

http://www.thewrap.com/movies/article/bret-easton-ellis-paul-schrader-drumming-funds-canyons-through-kickstarter-38526

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/04/the-canyons-film_n_1478262.html

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/paul-schraders-bret-easton-ellis-penned-sexual-thriller-the-canyons-to-shoot-this-summer-casting-underway

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/canyons-bret-easton-ellis-paul-schrader-james-deen-297368

http://www.interviewmagazine.com/film/casting-call-the-canyons/#slideshow_37226.3

http://www.premiere.fr/Cinema/News-Cinema/Bret-Easton-Ellis-et-Paul-Schrader-lancent-le-casting-pour-leur-thriller-3205260

http://www.vulture.com/2012/03/bret-easton-elliss-indie-movie-has-a-title-and-shoot-date.html

http://www.marieclaire.it/Attualita/Prime-indiscrezioni-sul-film-di-Bret-Easton-Ellis-The-Canyons-il-casting-e-aperto-a-tutti

http://thefilmstage.com/news/paul-schrader-to-shoot-bret-easton-ellis-the-canyons-this-summer-new-details-on-the-sexual-thriller/

http://www.slashfilm.com/details-bret-easton-ellispenned-la-noir-the-canyons-surface-casting-begins-summer-shoot/

http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/news/exclusive-poster-the-canyons-kerbl.php

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  • INTERNATIONAL BACKERS OF $25 - $100 -- PLEASE ADD $10.

    INTERNATIONAL BACKERS SELECTING: CANYONS SCRIPT PACKAGE, TWEET YOUR FILM PACKAGES -- PLEASE ADD $20.

    INTERNATIONAL BACKERS SELECTING: SCHRADER FAN PACKAGE, BRET EASTON ELLIS FAN PACKAGE, SKYPE SESSION -- PLEASE ADD $25.

    INTERNATIONAL BACKERS SELECTING: B.E.E. HARD PACKAGE, OR B.E.E. PAPER PACKAGE -- PLEASE ADD $40.

    INTERNATIONAL BACKERS SELECTING THE CINEPHILE PACKAGE -- PLEASE ADD $50.

    INTERNATIONAL BACKERS SELECTING PREMIUM PACKAGES (BRET'S ENTIRE CANON, FIVE PAUL SCHRADER SCRIPTS) -- PLEASE ADD $75.

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    High resolution poster download. Choose either one designed by Peter Stults or Lauren Farmer.

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    Help us cast the film! You will be given access to a private link on www.LetItCast.com that will allow you to vote on our casting finalists. Plus BOTH poster downloads!

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    "The Canyons" DVD when it is released --
    and we will send you a PRINTED copy of both posters, plus you get to help us cast "The Canyons", and the digital poster downloads.

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    Everything mentioned above, but a Blu-Ray of "The Canyons" instead of a DVD. And one of your posters gets autographed by Bret Easton Ellis another by Paul Schrader.

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    Two tickets to attend a private cast & crew screening and Q&A of "The Canyons" in Los Angeles or New York. (transportation and lodging not provided) -- Your choice of Blu-Ray or DVD copy upon release. -- Plus all the aforementioned perks.

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    "The Canyons" SCRIPT PACKAGE: Personalized autographed copy of "The Canyons" script. (Ellis and Schrader) Binded and complete with artwork cover, your script will be one of a kind and durable. Plus all the perks from above.

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    SCHRADER FAN PACKAGE:
    Same as "The Canyons" script package, but add any one autographed script from the Schrader canon.

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    BRET EASTON ELLIS FAN PACKAGE:
    Same as "The Canyons" script package , but add a personalized autographed copy of Imperial Bedrooms (paperback)

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    B.E.E. HARD PACKAGE: Same as above, plus Vintage personalized autographed copy of American Psycho, and Hardcover Imperial Bedrooms copy.

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    B.E.E. Paper Package: Receive everything in the Canyons Script Package, plus personalized autographed copies of Less Than Zero and American Psycho! (paperback)

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    20 Minute SKYPE SESSION with Bret or Paul - Questions about The Canyons, American Psycho, Raging Bull? Now is your chance. Plus your choice of The Schrader Fan Package or the Bret Easton Ellis Fan Package.

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    TWEET YOUR SHORT FILM! Bret Easton Ellis and Braxton Pope will watch your short film, tweet their honest thoughts AND the link to their combined 390,000 followers/fans! (Facebook too) -- Special Thanks in the closing credits

    -- Plus everything from "The Canyons" script package and above!

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    PRODUCER'S COFFEE:
    We're not gonna call it a pitch meeting, but...Braxton Pope will meet you in LA and bring you an exclusive autographed script with a 1 of 1 cover created from an on set photograph nobody else in the world will have.

    -- Special Thanks in the closing credits

    -- You and a guest get to attend the cast and crew wrap party! (transportation and lodging not provided)

    -- Plus everything else in "The Canyons" script package.

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    CINEPHILE PACKAGE:
    Everything in the Schrader Fan Package in addition to one more autographed script (Taxi Driver and Raging Bull?)
    -- Plus you'll have a choice of one framed autographed photo of a legendary Film director from Paul's personal collection. (Truffaut, Kazan, Coppola, Lucas, Wilder, Bergman, Woody Allen, Oliver Stone, Polanski, Cassavettes, Capra, Forman, Huston and more to choose from) First Pledge, First Serve!

    http://flickr.com/gp/thecanyonsfilm/M4z12o
    (please list a top 5 choices)
    -- Special Thanks in the closing credits

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    LIVE TWEET YOUR FEATURE FILM:
    Festival or TV premiere? -- Bret Easton Ellis and Braxton Pope will Livetweet (approx 20 tweets) their honest thoughts on your film at the time of your choosing to their 390,000 followers/fans, hopefully helping you trend worldwide! They will also post about your film on their Facebook pages.
    -- And everything in "The Canyons" script package.

    -- Special Thanks in the closing credits

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    TRAIN WITH BRET: Train alongside Bret Easton Ellis and his personal celebrity trainer Christian Graham for a week. Package includes three hour long workouts, access to supplements and consultation. -- Associate Producer credit on the film -- B.E.E Paper Package.

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    LAST TEMPTATION LUNCH:
    Special Framed commemorative photos from Last Temptation of Christ signed by Martin Scorsese, (to Paul) given to you at a personal lunch with Paul (NY or LA) http://flickr.com/gp/thecanyonsfilm/c683H7
    -- Associate Producer credit on the film
    -- Two tickets to the cast and crew wrap party (LA)
    -- Canyons set visit in Los Angeles (appear as extra if desired) -- Transportation and Lodging not provided --
    -- Everything from the Cinephile package (sans photo)
    -- Handwritten thank you letter and on set photo from Bret and Paul, along with a shout out in the Making of the Canyons video.

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    Bret Easton Ellis will read and review your novel and have that review appear on an international blog or website. (TBD)
    -- Associate Producer credit on the film
    -- You will also receive an autographed hardcover of every novel in Bret's canon.
    -- Two tickets to Wrap party
    -- Handwritten thank you letter and on set photo from Bret and Paul, along with a shout out in the Making of the Canyons video.
    -- Everything in "The Canyons" script package

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    Have your script covered by Paul Schrader:
    -- Notes to be delivered in person (NY or LA) or skype
    -- Associate Producer credit on the film
    -- You will also receive 5 autographed copies of any script Paul has written plus everything in "The Canyons" script package.
    -- Handwritten thank you letter and on set photo from Bret and Paul, along with a shout out in the Making of the Canyons video.
    -- Two tickets to Wrap party

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    PRIVATE SCREENING PACKAGE - Host a private screening of The Canyons with Bret Easton Ellis and Braxton Pope --
    Bret and Braxton will attend a private screening in your hometown. (within 500 mile radius of Los Angeles) They will also bring you a one of one version of the script and both film posters signed by Paul, Bret and available cast members. -- B.E.E. Paper package -- Associate Producer credit -- Two tickets to the wrap party.

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    DE NIRO'S MONEY PACKAGE:
    -- Receive a moneyclip that was autographed by Robert De Niro and given to Paul on the set of Taxi Driver. http://flickr.com/gp/thecanyonsfilm/8cjH6U
    -- Paul Schrader's shooting script at the end of filming.
    -- Dinner with Paul
    -- Canyons set visit in Los Angeles (appear as extra if desired)
    -- Handwritten thank you letter and on set photo from Bret and Paul, along with a shout out in the Making of the Canyons video.

    -- You will also receive everything in the above Paul Schrader package.

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