Crack the manicured façade of The Villages, America’s largest retirement community
Sedona AZ (January 8, 2021) – The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of “Some Kind of Heaven” on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
With “Some Kind of Heaven”, director Lance Oppenheim cracks the manicured facade of The Villages, America’s largest retirement community – a massive, self-contained utopia located in Central Florida.
The Villages community is the self-described “Disneyworld for Retirees.” Every day is supposed to be a good one for the 120,000+ senior citizens of The Villages: Whether residents are interested in synchronized swimming or cheerleading, tai chi or golf cart parades, this large community of healthy retirees offers a utopian vision of a (retired) American Dream: wide, safe streets, picture-perfect landscaping, and countless activities all in service of their residents’ golden years.
Behind the gates of this palm tree-lined fantasyland, some are unable to find happiness within the community’s pre-packaged paradise. While most residents have bought into the community’s blissful optimism, we meet a small group of residents – a married couple, a widow and a bachelor – living on the margins of the marketing fantasy, struggling to find footing inside the dream.
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.
“Some Kind of Heaven” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.