Abigail Disney is mounting her strongest attack yet on her namesake company, via a new documentary that premieres at Sundance on January 24.
In recent years, Disney, granddaughter of Walt Disney Company co-founder Roy O. Disney, has spoken increasingly loudly against policies at the company she considers unjust, especially around pay. She returns to this theme in The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales, which she directed with Kathleen Hughes (the pair previously directed The Armor of Light).
The project was prompted by a Facebook message Disney, a progressive filmmaker and activist, received in 2018 from a Disneyland “cast member” who spoke of his low pay. She realized he and others were working in poor conditions. “Honestly, I wanted to believe Disney was better than that,” she tells The Hollywood Reporter in a new interview.