A still (of Hampton Fancher) from Michael Almereyda’s super inspiring lecture at our past April residency. This one is from Almereyda’s documentary ESCAPES, in which Almereyda asks Fancher (known for writing BLADE RUNNER—that, and his other storied histories), a series of questions borrowed from Swiss writer Max Frisch’s 1967 “Questionnaire.” *** A few examples:
• Would you like to have perfect memory?
•Whom would you rather never have met?
• When did you stop believing you could become wiser—or do you still believe it?
•Do you love anybody?
•How do you know?
•Which would you rather do: die or live on as a healthy animal? Which animal? ***
Synopsis: “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.”