Randy Moore‘s first major feature Escape From Tomorrow finds the director in a lot of controversial hot water, as most of the film was shot gorilla-style on Disney’s magical kingdom. Although it has made its way through the festival circuit, I’m hoping the general audience will be able to catch this flick before the Mickey Mouse brigade buries it forever.
Synopsis can be read as follows (Sundance 2013):
“Jim White is an average American family man, mostly content to exist within his humdrum reality. At the tail end of a theme park vacation with his loving wife and two beautiful children, he is awakened by an unsettling phone call from his boss, who tells him that he has lost his job. Unwilling to disturb their sabbatical, Jim holds off on breaking the news to his family so they can enjoy their last day at the idyllic and beloved tourist destination. In desperate need of a distraction, he finds one amidst the long lines at the park—two attractive and fun-loving teenage girls. In his fractured state, Jim falls obsessively in love, making any excuse he can to follow them everywhere. Along the way, his paranoid psyche spirals even further downward, and the fine line between fantasy and reality becomes blurred.
First-time writer/director Randy Moore takes a bold and creative step into uncharted territory, inviting viewers on a surreal, postmodern voyage into the seedy underbelly of family entertainment.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Randy Moore was born in Lake Bluff, Illinois, a small town known for Scooters—its famous hot dog joint—and for being a center for alcohol smuggling during Prohibition. He studied filmmaking at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Columbia College in Chicago, and Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, where he graduated valedictorian. Moore has worked as a story editor in Los Angeles. Escape from Tomorrow is his first feature film.”
You can watch a clip from the feature down at the bottom of this page. Enjoy!