Shot in Disneyland, Florida, Escape From Tomorrow has been dubbed “the ultimate guerrilla film” after it screened at the Sundance Film Festival, watch the trailer below.
Filmed in monochrome, this surreal, neo-noir movie accounts the terror of ubiquitous entertainment through the central protagonist of Jim White (Roy Abramsohn), who goes on holiday with his family to the park. Jim gets paranoid while at Disneyland, and as twisted events play out the Disney characters morph into dark and surreal creatures.
The most remarkable thing about this indie movie is that the long scripted sequences took place in the park, without permission from Disney. The crew used handheld cameras to record footage, so they could blend in with the tourists, they read scripts from their iPhones and the film was edited in North Korea, to avoid alerting the multinational giant to its existence.
This is not the first time unauthorised footage has been filmed in the park. Banksy is among the few to have shot scenes here. In 2010, the street artist shot footage for Exit Through the Gift Shop and was questioned before he left the park. He managed to get the footage out without the park officials realising.
No legal action has been taken against Escape From Tomorrow director Randy Moore, but Disney have admitted that they are “aware” of the movie.
The Escape From Tomorrow film will be released digitally on October 11.