Random Media tells Bloody Disgusting that they have acquired DVD and Blu-ray distribution rights to the insanely bizarre indie Escape From Tomorrow (review), pictured above, Randy Moore’s surreal dramatic feature debut about a recently unemployed middle-aged man’s terrifying family venture into the happiest place on earth, which is currently in theaters and available on VOD.
Random Media also acquired all North American rights to the must-see Mirage Men (review), Perception Management’s compelling documentary examination of 60 years of government misinformation in regard to extraterrestrial visitors.
I’m actually a huge fan of both of these films, especially Escape From Tomorrow, which made my forthcoming top 10 of 2013 list. Mirage Men is crazy awesome, but mostly for those of you who enjoy a good conspiracy theory.
The most provocative film from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Moore’s Escape From Tomorrow is a bold and ingenious trip into the happiest place on earth. 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 nightmare of paranoid visions, bizarre encounters, and an obsessive pursuit of a pair of young 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.
Random Media will release the film on DVD and Blu-ray in April 2014.
Directed by Lundberg, Mark Pilkington, Roland Denning and Kypros Kyprianou, Perception Management’s Mirage Men has already generated buzz at Austin’s Fantastic Fest in September and at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in November. The film examines how, for nearly 60 years, teams within the U.S. Air Force and Intelligence services exploited and manipulated beliefs about UFOs and ET visitations as part of their counterintelligence programs. In doing so they spawned a mythology so powerful that it captivated and warped many brilliant minds, including several of their own. Now, for the first time, some of those behind these operations, and their victims, speak out, revealing a true story that is part Manchurian Candidate and part Close Encounters of the Third Kind.