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Guerrilla Filmmaker Slips Disney a Cinematic Mickey

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Indie director Randall Moore has pulled off one of the boldest feats of guerrilla cinema in recent memory, as CNN is reporting that his breakout Sundance sensation "Escape From Tomorrow" was filmed entirely at Disneyland and Walt Disney World — without Disney's knowledge or permission.

Good thing those guys at Disney don't have the resources to pursue legal action, huh?

Here's the story: Based on Moore's own childhood experiences at the park, "Escape From Tomorrow" tells the story of a dad who brings his family to the park on vacation, only to have it devolve into a literal nightmare as one personal issue after another erodes his sanity. And to hear Moore tell it, it's based on a true story: his own.

"Heavily influenced by various strange outings I endured as a boy with my father — who at the time lived in Orlando, Florida — 'Escape From Tomorrow' is my personal attempt to make sense of what felt like a very artificial childhood, brought on by our cultural obsession with these fake, manufactured worlds of so-called fantasy," Moore said in a press release.

Read a review of "Escape From Tomorrow"

So how did he make the film? Very carefully, as it turns out. He and his crew basically smuggled equipment into the park under the guise of being a bunch of totally unrelated, random tourists, and then would gather together to shoots scenes before dispersing into the crowd again. They shot for 10 days at Walt Disney World in Orlando and another two weeks at Disneyland in California, barely escaping security at one point after reshoots required them to leave and re-enter the park.

Now, of course, Moore has to deal with the very real possibility that Disney will sue his ass into yesterday for his "Tomorrow" movie.  But for Moore, giving up this passion project was never an option.

"It started off really small and it just kind of snowballed," he said. "I became obsessed. And at one point there was no turning back."

We're sure the judge will be sympathetic.

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