A film by Michael Almereyda | 2017 | 89 minutes

Directed by Michael Almereyda (Tesla, William Eggleston in the Real World), 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.

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“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

Hampton Fancher is “the most interesting man in the world.”
— Emerson Rosenthal, Vice

Escapes investigates the universal necessity of constructing a story of one’s life; how that search for meaning begins early and never ends; and how it is inseparable from dreaming.”
— Joseph O’Neil, author of “Netherland,” winner of a PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction


→ Author Joseph O’Neil on Escapes