Michael Almereyda / 2017 / 89 minutes / Spine #12

Directed by Michael Almereyda (Experimenter) and executive produced by Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Escapes blazes a wild path through mid-20th-century Hollywood via the experiences of Hampton Fancher – flamenco dancer, actor, and the unlikely producer and screenwriter of the landmark sci-fi classic Blade Runner. (Fancher also penned the story for its sequel, Blade Runner 2049.) 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 wherein 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.

DVD available 4/24/18


Special Features
Questionnaire (2017, 28 minutes), a new interview with Hampton Fancher by Michael Almereyda
Hampton Fancher Ties a Tie (2017, 2 minutes), a video portrait by Noah Kaplan
– Theatrical Trailer
– Booklet featuring an essay by Joseph O’Neill, author of Netherland and The Dog


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  • "Marvelous."

    — Stephanie Zacharek, Time Magazine
  • "Thoroughly charming... 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. Critic's Pick!"

    — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
  • "A singular film. Candid, informative and delightful."

    — Kenneth Turan, LA Times
  • "A blast."

    — Vadim Rizov, Filmmaker Magazine
  • Hampton Fancher is "the most interesting man in the world."

    — Emerson Rosenthal, Vice
  • "Brilliant. Escapes is a stand-out."

    — Jon Hogan, Hyperallergic
  • "Hampton Fancher has worlds falling out of his sleeves. His irresistible voice, with all its surreal U-turns, has been spectacularly netted by Almereyda."

    — Jonathan Lethem (author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude)
Trailer / Clips