Monday, March 2, 2020

Some Kind of Heaven

Some Kind of Heaven Details

  • Year of Production: 2020
  • Length: 83 minutes
  • Color: Color
  • Screening Format: Digital
  • Language: English (no subtitles)

About the Film

“The Villages” is the world’s largest planned retirement community, snaring its perfectly coiffed residents with slick guarantees of manicured perfection in Central Florida. Some Kind of Heaven hilariously and devastatingly digs beneath the surface to find four residents who are struggling to locate solid ground, sometimes literally. Married couple Ann and Reggie wrestle with Reggie’s deteriorating grip on reality, Barbara seeks companionship, and Dennis looks for a way out of a peripatetic existence. Late stage capitalism has never looked so good, nor has its prospects for engendering fulfilled lives and connections appeared so paradoxical, despite what appears to be happy endings for all.

Director Lance Oppenheim is less than a year out of college, but he’s built an admirable repertoire of short films documenting uniquely American misfortune. His assured approach is further developed in this startling debut, aided by a polished eye from DP David Bolen and a sharp-witted edit from Daniel Garber (The Reagan Show, DocYard Fall ‘17), using the shellacked exteriors and interiors of the Villages to chilling effect. Some Kind of Heaven takes the specter of mental illness and transforms it into probing questions about what we are willing to acknowledge, and how. (AS)

World Premiere at Sundance. Official selection of IFFR, closing night film of Doc Fortnight.

Director Lance Oppenheim and editor Daniel Garber will attend in person for a post-screening Q&A with the DocYard’s Guest Curator, Abby Sun.

About the Filmmakers

Lance Oppenheim Director

Lance Oppenheim is a filmmaker from South Florida. He is terrified of jet-skiing and was much braver when he was six years old. His films have been screened at film festivals across the world including Sundance, Rotterdam, Tribeca, True/False, and featured at the Museum of Modern Art, the Fondazione Prada, and the Smithsonian. Read More