LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Random Media, the multi-platform content company recently launched by veteran media executive Eric Doctorow, announced today the acquisition of two highly regarded indie features. The company acquired DVD and Blu-ray distribution rights to Escape from Tomorrow, 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 Mirage Men, Perception Management's compelling documentary examination of 60 years of government misinformation in regard to extraterrestrial visitors.
"Escape from Tomorrow and Mirage Men are exactly the kind of films that distinguish the Random Media label as a destination for bold, provocative entertainment," said Rob Williams, Senior Vice President and Head of Acquisitions for Random Media. "The debut of Escape from Tomorrow was nothing short of a revelation at Sundance – we've never seen anything quite like it. And Mirage Men sheds fascinating new light on the government's role in our collective understanding of UFOs."
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. Escape from Tomorrow was just named one of 2013's best films by IndieWire.com and ScreenCrush.com.
The acquisition of Escape from Tomorrow's home entertainment rights was negotiated by Random Media with Producers Distribution Agency. 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.
The acquisition of Mirage Men's North American Rights was negotiated by Random Media with Cargo Film & Releasing's David Piperni.
About Random Media
Led by some of the industry's most experienced executives, Random Media was founded in 2013 by Eric Doctorow, a leading home entertainment executive with more than 30 years of experience managing such entities as Paramount Home Entertainment Worldwide, MGM Worldwide and Miramax Home Entertainment Worldwide. Random Media is a multi-platform content company that acquires and distributes films and other content on a worldwide basis through movie theatres, conventional mass merchants, specialty entertainment retailers, digital platforms, cable companies and television networks. Random Media is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Cinedigm. Upcoming Random Media releases include Sarah Spillane's Around the Block starring Christina Ricci, Paul Wright's award-winning For Those in Peril, the Polsky Brothers' Motel Life starring Emile Hirsh and Dakota Fanning, and Sascha Hartmann's Guardian of the Highlands starring Sean Connery.
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