A scene from SOME KIND OF HEAVEN, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
Lance Oppenheim makes his directorial debut with Some Kind of Heaven. Oppenheim’s young view brings out a side of a senior citizen community that is outshined.
With Some Kind of Heaven, first-time feature director Lance Oppenheim cracks the manicured facade of The Villages, America’s largest retirement community – a massive, self-contained utopia located in Central Florida. Behind the gates of this palm tree-lined fantasyland, Some Kind of Heaven invests in the dreams and desires of a small group of Villages residents – and one interloper – who are unable to find happiness within the community’s pre-packaged paradise. With strikingly composed cinematography, this candy-colored documentary offers a tender and surreal look at the never-ending quest for finding meaning and love in life’s final act.
Lance Oppenheim is a director, producer and co-editor from South Florida. He graduated from Harvard University’s Visual and Environmental Studies program in 2019. The young filmmaker already has several short documentaries under his belt like Long Term Parking, No Jail Time: The Movie, and The Happiest Guy in the World.
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I had a chance to connect with Lance Oppenheim via Zoom to talk about Some Kind of Heaven. He shared on why at such a young age he had an interest in making a documentary about a senior citizens. In addition, he discussed his experience at The Village while filming.
Some Kind of Heaven will be in theaters and On Demand January 15th
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