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Los Angeles Plays Itself: The City in Cinema

1 September 2017 11:25 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

By H. Perry Horton

An ode to the City of Angels.

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- H. Perry Horton

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Time is on my side by Anne-Katrin Titze

26 July 2017 1:17 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Michael Almereyda with Hampton Fancher on the form of Escapes, executive produced by Wes Anderson: "This is my tribute to Bruce Conner." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In my Escapes conversation with Michael Almereyda (Experimenter, starring Peter Sarsgaard) and Hampton Fancher (co-screenwriter of Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049) we start out with Federico García Lorca, Bruce Conner, Philip K Dick and Chris Marker. Then we encounter a Jean-Pierre Léaud, Tina Sinatra, Michael Pfleghar (Romeo Und Julia 70) connection and next stop over at Thom Andersen's Los Angeles Plays Itself, Brian Kelly and Flipper, Skinningrove on photographer Chris Killip, Yasujiro Ozu's influence on Wim Wenders (Yuharu Atsuta in Tokyo-Ga) and Jim Jarmusch.

Hampton Fancher: "It's looking at my life through other people's eyes."

Michael Almereyda's approach in Escapes turns the idea of a biopic inside out. Clips from Hampton Fancher's television and movie performances mixed with those »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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‘Blade Runner’ Scribe Reveals Life in Trailer for Michael Almereyda’s Wes Anderson-Produced ‘Escapes’

13 July 2017 8:34 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s exceedingly likely that your primary association with Hampton Fancher is Blade Runner, on which he served as co-writer and executive producer; and if you have another, it’s probably Blade Runner 2049, on which he also served as co-writer and the story’s architect. Little is it known that the scribe, actor, and director has had one of Hollywood’s strangest ascendancies, a trip marked by happenstance, romance, crossing paths with legends, and perhaps divine fate — a series of stories so good that Michael Almereyda (Marjorie Prime, Experimenter) turned them into a feature-length documentary whose intoxicating style is somewhere between the career-spanning De Palma and juxtaposition-heavy films of Thom Anderson (Los Angeles Plays Itself).

Escapes, executive produced by Wes Anderson, begins its theatrical run in just under two weeks, and we’re happy to exclusively debut the trailer courtesy of Grasshopper Film. Word has been strong since it premiered at BAMcinemaFest last month, »

- Nick Newman

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Los Angeles Film Festival Lures the Hometown Crowd

14 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Los Angeles Film Festival, taking place June 14-22, has always been an adaptive beast, changing over the years as it chases the moving target of exactly what it means to be a film festival in the capital of the film industry. This year, the biggest change is at the top, as Jennifer Cochis takes over for Stephanie Allain as director. Previously creative director and senior programmer at LAFF, Cochis has produced a number of L.A.-centric features (“Smashed,” “Los Wild Ones”). And she looks to continue and expand on much of the work of her predecessor, with the focus on spotlighting emerging directors and promoting a more inclusive view of the filmmaker community.

“I think our identity in terms of being a discovery festival isn’t something I’m going to alter. But I look forward to getting a little bit bigger,” she says.

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- Andrew Barker

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