Doc Talk Screening and Q & A: Escapes
The term ‘cinephilia’ underlies the passion for cinema that imbues filmmaker Michael Almereyda’s essay portrait of actor and Hollywood storyteller Hampton Fancher in this formally intriguing, mischievous montage portrait of the Quixote-like figure who wrote the original screenplays for both the original Blade Runner and the recent sequel Blade Runner 2049.
Playing with form in documentary as well as feature narrative cinema is a hallmark of Almereyda’s body of work in American independent cinema. His most recent narrative feature, Marjorie Prime, a sci-fi study of memory and artificial intelligence and winner of the Alfred P. Sloane Feature Film Prize, premiered last year at Sundance and is distributed online on Amazon. His feature, Experimenter, a stylized biopic on controversial psychologist Stanley Milgram, starring Peter Sarsgaard, was selected for the 2015 New York Film Festival and appeared on several best-of-year film lists. His documentary short, Skinningrove, on photographer Chris Killip, won Best Non-Fiction Short at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Please join Doc Talks for this presentation and Q and A with a filmmaker who crosses genre borders with ease, equally at home directing Ethan Hawke in a contemporary adaptation of Hamlet (2000) as he is observing the fragmentary nature of personal memory in the 2009 documentary essay Paradise. And, as added incentive for this particular screening of Escapes, is its editor, Piibe Kolka, a much-respected alum of both the Doc Studies and Media Studies programs here at The New School.
Monday, February 5 at 1 pm
Kellen Auditorium (Room N101), Ground Floor
66 Fifth Avenue (btw 12th & 13th St.)
Hosted by Deanna Kamiel