One of the most buzzed-about films at Sundance was Escape From Tomorrow, about a man on vacation with his family at Walt Disney World who discovers that he’s lost his job. His decision to keep this news from his loved ones leads to his slow and steady descent into paranoia and obsession, and causes him to see the Disney parks in a nightmarish light.
The film was shot in and around Disneyland and Walt Disney World, but director Randy Moore and his crew did not obtain permission from Disney, so everything had to be done guerilla-style, with the cast using park restrooms for costume changes and reviewing lines on their cell phones prior to filming their scenes. It was a ballsy move, and thanks to Disney’s legendary safeguarding of their public image, the subject of whether or not the film would actually see the light of day has been hotly debated.
As of right now, there have been no legal maneuvers from the Disney camp to block the film’s release, and the first trailer has made its way online. Have a look.
Escape From Tomorrow is scheduled for a limited theatrical release on October 11, 2013, and will hit VOD platforms that same day.