“Why would I want to hear about death and destruction? I’d rather hear someone put a hole in a yesterday.
Mr. Oppenheim is the director of the documentary “Some Kind of Heaven”.
Villages are a world apart. About an hour north of Orlando, Florida, the huge retirement community – which is so large it contains its own stores, restaurants, and health care facilities – has attracted over 130,000 seniors with lots meticulously maintained and a mockery of yesteryear. Residents are immersed in an autonomous society defined by free time, recreation and the happy opportunity to ignore the outside world.
But as this senior utopia continues to expand, transforming adjoining pastures and wetlands into golf courses and housing, it also threatens the way of life of its neighbors, who may think they have little to do with it. no choice but to sell their property and move. And the inhabitants of the villages themselves face the very forces that they have tried to ignore. Cracks, both literal and metaphysical, have overturned the foundations of the community.
The short documentary above explores the psychological impact of living in a palm-fringed bubble, as well as the effects of overdevelopment on those who live outside the white fence. Oppenheim’s feature documentary on villages, “Some Kind of Heaven,” is co-produced by the New York Times.