Fantastic Fest: Can Disney-Set ‘Escape From Tomorrow’ Succeed If The Mouse Won’t Roar?
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Cinetic sales rep John Sloss, whose Producers Distribution Agency is releasing the picture after it went unbought at Sundance, tells me some interested buyers were wary of crossing Disney when the film first screened. Sloss said he had offers, but Deadline has heard they were smallish and that Disney’s ire wasn’t the big factor. Getting a rise out of a corporation can be the best thing that can happen to a small film; earlier this year, the documentary Blackfish got on the map after its subject, Sea World, publicly griped about the characterization of multiple deaths involving its killer whales. Disney hasn’t made a peep, robbing Escape From Tomorrow of a lot of free publicity.
Shot for $650K on Canon 5D DSLRs, the film follows a character named Jim White (Roy Abramsohn), a husband and father of two who’s laid off on the last day of his family vacation. He goes awry, obsessively stalking two young French girls through Disney World and seeing evil visions in the Happiest Place on Earth. Disney’s Epcot Center becomes a backdrop for horror as Jim is detained and brainwashed in a subterranean lab beneath the park. After Sundance, Moore opted to self-release via Cinetic’s PDA, the alternative distribution label that struck gold with Oscar-nommed Banksy docu Exit Through The Gift Shop. PDA will release it theatrically on October 11 in 30-50 markets and on VOD. “I knew at Sundance it was highly unlikely Disney was going to sue,” Sloss told me. “I never expected that Disney would actually take action, and I’ve always been amused that people assume they will.”