VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Escapes

V' 16

Escapes

Michael Almereyda
USA, 2016
Documentaries, 88min, OF

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Escapes

Michael Almereyda
USA, 2016
Documentaries, 88min, OF

Actors: 
Hampton Fancher
Screenplay: 
Michael Almereyda
Sound: 
Rob Daly
Camera: 
Piibe Kolka
Editor: 
Piibe Kolka

Production: 
Survival Media
World Sales: 
Survival Media
Format: 
DCP
Color and Black/White

ESCAPES is an idiosyncratic, collage-style look at the films and life of Hampton Fancher, whose moderately successful acting career over nearly 20 years would ultimately be eclipsed by his first foray into screenwriting: He wrote the original drafts adapting Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric sheep?” into what became BLADE RUNNER.
What ESCAPES illustrates is the nature of a journeyman career in the twilight years of the old studio system, as we see Fancher play innumerable playboys, best buddies, cads and so forth. The documentary is also a reminder how much of screen acting consists of nuts-and-bolts drudge-work: shots of people listening, walking, driving, opening doors, and so forth, which cinematic glue is reshaped into this collage narrative. (Dennis Harvey)

In the presence of Michael Almereyda