Empathy and Suspicion: Lance Oppenheim and Daniel Garber on "Some Kind of Heaven"

Empathy and Suspicion: Lance Oppenheim and Daniel Garber on
Lance Oppenheim’s debut feature, Some Kind of Heaven, follows a small group of residents in Central Florida’s The Villages, America’s largest—and most notorious—retirement community. Following several superb short films, the 24-year-old director brings a mature generosity towards his subjects that veers beyond easy humor to create a profound portrait of a place that carries plenty of preconceived notions.I spoke to Oppenheim and Some Kind of Heaven editor Daniel Garber at the True/False Film Fest in Columbia, Missouri in March, right before the start of Covid-19 lockdowns. Rather than discussing the film’s newfound prescience, we talked about their experience on location, bringing out humor in the edit, and outside references on the film.Notebook: I’m sure you’re getting annoyed with people bringing up your age, because they do it as if it’s inconceivable that you’d make a good movie.
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