How do they work?
Here's what I know:
Films can be made by anyone including you and I. Somehow, if they are good enough, they get invited to the Sundance Film Festival.
At Sundance, the brain trust of each movie is doing everything they can to get a "distributor" to back the film.
Here's what I don't know: If a film never receives a distributor, is the film gone forever? Is there a way to see it?
I looked at Sundance website last night, went film by film at their festiva,l reading the synopsis.
There were hundreds of films, and about 25 caught my eye as something I'd absolutely love to see.
I've got my list of he 25, but zero are available at this time. My fear is some will never get distributed, and be lost forever.
One in particular....Escape from Tomorrow sounds incredible and daring.
Escape From Tomorrow
By Eric Hynes
“This is a special film for very special people,” is how Senior Programmer Shari Frilot introduced Escape From Tomorrow on Thursday night, and she wasn’t really kidding. This low-rent little film from a previously unknown filmmaking team has become one of the most notorious films of this year’s Festival—as well as one of its hottest tickets, as numerous people milled about the parking lot at the Library Theater hoping to scalp their way into the sold out screening. The major point of discussion has been whether or not the film can ever been seen outside of Park City, being that a large portion of it was shot on the sly on the notoriously legally-restricted grounds of Disneyland and Disneyworld. Yet as of last night, director Randy Moore said he hadn’t heard from the entertainment conglomerate, leaving the legend of Escape From Tomorrow to continue apace.
The film recounts a day in the life of Jim (Roy Abramsohn), a recently fired father of two who slowly descends in a hellish, surrealistic nightmare—complete with witches, evil scientists, feline diseases and seductive French teens—as he traverses the happy environs of the family theme park. “I spent a lot of time in Orlando as a child,” Moore said. “Then I returned as a parent and saw it in a new light.” Though it might seem like the film was reliant on improvisations and advantageous accidents, Moore said that every shot was mapped out. Yet actually executing those shots proved to be a challenge. “We showed up every night for 10 days in order to get the fireworks, to capture it from all of the angles,” he said, and described the tedium of repeating the same rides ad nauseum. And as for whether or not the filmmakers ever sought permission to make the movie? “We bought season tickets to the park,” said Moore with a smile.
This team filmed a movie at Disney World without Disney World's knowledge....are you kidding me???? I have got to see it.
You would think in this era of technology, anything would be available, but I'm not sure that's the case.