Escape from Tomorrow made a stir at Sundance earlier this year because director Randy Moore shot the film without permission at Disney World and Epcot. The story is a surrealistic nightmare where a father (Roy Abramsohn) starts losing his sanity on a family trip to the famous theme parks. It casts the Disney attractions in a grotesque light, but never gleams anything particularly insightful. I found the film to be repetitive and bland, especially when compared to the fascinating aspects of the production. Furthermore, there were the questions of whether or not the film would even get released, or if Disney’s lawyers would descend to bury the picture.
That question has now been answered as PDA has announced that Escape from Tomorrow will be released in theaters and on VOD on October 11th. Cinephiles who were tuned into Sundance coverage will undoubtedly be fascinated to see what all the ruckus was about, but I think they’ll be somewhat underwhelmed at the tempest in a teacup ride. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
PRODUCERS DISTRIBUTION AGENCY TO RELEASE “ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW”
Provocative Sundance Film To Hit Theaters and VOD This Fall
PDA’s Follow Up To EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP, SENNA, BROOKLYN CASTLE and THE WAY
(New York, NY) August 19, 2013 –Producers Distribution Agency (PDA) announced today it will be releasing Randy Moore’s directorial debut ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW in the U.S. this fall, in partnership with Abramorama and digital entertainment curator FilmBuff.
ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW, a bold and ingenious trip into the happiest place on earth, was one of the most provocative films to premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Drew McWeeny from Hitfix called it a “surrealist treat” adding “it is not possible this film exists.”
PDA is an alternative theatrical distribution model best known as the company behind the Academy Award® nominated documentary EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP.
An epic battle begins when a middle-aged American husband and father of two learns that he has lost his job. Keeping the news from his nagging wife and wound-up children, he packs up the family and embarks on a full day of park hopping amid enchanted castles and fairytale princesses. Soon, the manufactured mirth of the fantasy land around him begins to haunt his subconscious. An idyllic family vacation quickly unravels into a surrealist and darkly comic nightmare of paranoid visions, bizarre encounters, and an obsessive pursuit of a pair of sexy teenage Parisians. Chillingly shot in black and white, ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW dissects the mythology of artificial perfection while subversively attacking our culture’s obsession with mass entertainment.
ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW will be released theatrically in select cities across the country beginning October 11th at the IFC Center in New York. The film will also be available via FilmBuff on VOD day and date with its US theatrical release on all leading On Demand platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Cable Movies On Demand, YouTube, XBOX, Sony Playstation, Cinemanow and Vudu.
ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW was produced by Soojin Chung and Gioia Marchese. Chung also edited the film. Lucas Lee Graham served as cinematographer.