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Live chat: 'Escape From Tomorrow' actor Roy Abramsohn on Thursday

October 9, 2013

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Oct. 09--"Escape From Tomorrow," the unauthorized independent film that was shot guerrilla-style at Disney theme parks and made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival in January, arrives in movie theaters and on video on demand on Friday. Join us for a live chat online at 11 a.m. PDT on Thursday as L.A. Times film writer Mark Olsen talks to lead actor Roy Abramsohn about the production.

Written and directed by first-timer Randy Moore, the surrealist, black-and-white movie centers on an alienated man (Abramsohn) taking a family vacation as he slowly begins to get caught up in a conspiracy -- or loses his mind.

Moore made the movie in a highly unorthodox way, using hidden cameras at Disney parks in Anaheim and Orlando. A number of the shots luxuriate in and sometimes undermine Disney imagery -- in one scene, Epcot Center blows up -- but Moore shot it entirely without Disney permission, choosing to use a skeletal crew and often communicating with his cast from a phone across the park so as not to attract attention.

After the movie played at Sundance, many questioned whether the film would ever be seen in ordinary theaters, as fears were raised that Walt Disney Co. might try to block it. But the studio has stayed mum on the matter, and PDA, the distribution offshoot of the sales and management company Cinetic Media, is releasing the film.

You can tweet us your questions using the hashtag #EscapeLAT. In the meantime, click above to watch our video interview with Abramsohn and Moore from Sundance.

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