Location: Bartos Screening Room
With director Michael Almereyda in person
Dir. Michael Almereyda. 2017, 89 mins. Digital projection. With Hampton Fancher. Flamenco dancer, actor, and the unlikely producer and screenwriter of the landmark sci-fi classic Blade Runner,Hampton Fancher has lived a life unlike any other. In time for the release of Blade Runner 2049 (with a story again penned by Fancher), acclaimed filmmaker Michael Almereyda propels viewers down a wild path through mid-twentieth-century Hollywood. A consummate raconteur, Fancher recounts episodes from his remarkable life—romantic misadventures with silver-screen stars, wayward acts of chivalry, jealousy, and friendship—matched with a parallel world of film and TV footage in which Fancher plays cowboys, killers, fops, cads, and the occasional hero. Escapes shows how one man’s personal journey can unexpectedly shape a medium’s future.
“A thoroughly charming, thoroughly engaging portrait of this great adventurer. Part of the pleasure of Escapes is how Mr. Almereyda, drawing deeply from the American pop archives… connects the original Blade Runner to Mr. Fancher’s life with its movie love, romanticism, beautiful women and mad, circuitous rides.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.
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