Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Sundance Entry 'Escape from Tomorrow' Builds Buzz on Disney Controversy

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Nora Chute | Thompson on Hollywood January 24, 2013 at 12:59AM

First-time director Randy Moore's "Escape From Tomorrow" is a weird piece of work. Moore went undercover at Disneyworld to turn the idea of "the happiest place on earth" upside down, as a troubled father (Roy Abramsohn) freaks out all over the iconic Orlando landmark while on vacation with his wife and two young children.
1

  

"Escape from Tomorrow."
"Escape from Tomorrow."

First-time director Randy Moore's "Escape From Tomorrow" is a weird piece of work.  Moore went undercover with a handheld Canon digital camera at Disneyland and Disney World to turn the idea of "the happiest place on earth" upside down, as a troubled father (Roy Abramsohn) freaks out all over the iconic Orlando landmark while on vacation with his wife and two young children.

Based on Moore's unhappy trips to Disneyworld with his heavy-drinking father as a child, the film is worth seeing for its laughs and shock value alone.  The media reports on the guerrilla making-of story chronicled in the LA and NY Times are more entertaining than the movie itself. “To me this is the future. Cameras in your hand. Cameras in your glasses. Anyone can be shooting at any time. And I think it will explode,” Moore told the LAT, which reports that Moore has never tried to reach Disney, which in turn had not contacted him by press time.

“I was surprised the ride operators weren’t a little more savvy,” he said at his Sundance Q & A Friday night. Here's a bit from the NYT:

"Escape From Tomorrow” underscores the difficulties that Disney, a company intensely vigilant about its intellectual property, faces at controlling the imagery flowing from its parks at a time when people are shooting increasing amounts of video with their smartphones.

While the film's PR reps have milked the idea that Disney could make the Sundance showings the film's last, legal experts suggest that Disney would have a tough time preventing the movie from being shown

This article is related to: Festivals, Festivals, Sundance Film Festival, Reviews, Reviews


E-Mail Updates








Thompson on Hollywood

Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.