"Escape from Tomorrow," a new feature-length movie that was filmed in the Disney Parks without permission and portrays the Disney experience in an unflattering light, has become the most talked about picture at this year's Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, according to reviewers.
The black-and-white film centers on Jim White (played by Roy Abramsohn), an average family man whose boss calls him near the end of a family trip to Disney to inform him that he has lost his job. White decides to keep the news secret so that his family can enjoy the remainder of their theme park vacation. However, his paranoia and depression blur the line between fantasy and reality, and he becomes obsessed with two teenage girls he meets while waiting in line at Disney, according to the Sundance film guide.
White's fantasies include blowing up Epcot, according to Los Angeles Times reviewer Steven Zeitchik, who called "Escape from Tomorrow" one of the "strangest and most provocative movies" he has seen at the Sundance Film Festival in years.
The Sundance film guide describes the film as a "surreal, postmodern voyage into the seedy underbelly of family entertainment." Perhaps even more interesting than the plot of "Escape from Tomorrow" is how Disney will respond to this new breed of stealth filmmaking.
Renegade theme park filmmakers Randy Moore, Soojin Chung, Gioia Marchese, and Lucas Lee Graham could have a sleeper hit on their hands. Or they could face a major lawsuit. Disney has not commented on the film.
More information on "Escape from Tomorrow" is available on the film's Twitter page.