Part of SFFILM Festival
Some Kind of Heaven
Florida’s The Villages is one of the highest-ranked senior-living communities in the country. For those who are fortunate enough to reside in this “Disneyland for Seniors,” there are plenty of activities to indulge in, but behind the sun, blue skies, and palm trees, lie deeper issues of aging, loneliness, and mortality that are at the heart of this intimate documentary. Filmmaker Lance Oppenheim humorously explores these issues, delving into the lives of four residents as they reflect and tenuously navigate the unpredictability of their golden years.
“Fresh out of Harvard, 23-year-old director Lance Oppenheim quickly dispenses with any facile or reductive ideas about aging gracefully in his first feature-length documentary. At its core, Some Kind of Heaven is about relationships: how to maintain existing ones as they change and how to remain open to the new ones forged at The Villages.” –Beandrea July, The Hollywood Reporter
Lance Oppenheim is a graduate of Harvard’s Visual and Environmental Studies program who has contributed videos to The New York Times‘ “Op-Docs,” The Atlantic, and PBS. He was a 2019 Sundance Ignite Fellow and one of Filmmaker Magazine‘s “25 New Faces of Independent Film 2019.” Some Kind of Heaven is his first documentary feature.
Director Lance Oppenheim
Producer Darren Aronofsky, Kathleen Lingo, Jeffrey Soros, Simon Horsman, Melissa Oppenheim Lano, Pacho Velez, Lance Oppenheim
Editor Daniel Garber
Cinematographer David Bolen
Music Ari Balouzian