An elderly gentleman attempts to retrieve forgotten memories while battling the progression and regression of the cycles of life.

A week prior to his passing, my grandfather shared with me his former aspirations of becoming a filmmaker. After numerous hardships, a narrow escape from the Nazis and an immigration to the US, the dream slowly, but surely, faded away. After his passing, I uncovered an archival trove of dust-covered 8mm film that had seemingly not been viewed by anyone for at least a generation. Mesmerized, what unfolded before me was something most people, myself included, have never witnessed before: the development and utter decline of the human body and mind. Motivated by my grandfather's unfulfilled dreams of filmmaking, I decided to piece together a film that he had already unwittingly made.

quicksand is not only a personal tribute to my grandfather or father, but to anyone that has ever experienced loss. Whether it be a loss of a loved one, or a loss of memories, quicksand embodies the enigma of life and death.

Exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC
Nationally Televised: Distributed via PBS stations nationwide
Winner: "Special Jury Prize" - Las Vegas Film Festival
Winner: “Finalist & Scholarship Recipient” – Heartland Film Festival
Winner: "Finalist" - YoungArts Cinematic Competition
Winner: "Best Student Film" - Fort Lauderdale Int'l Film Festival
Winner: "Award of Excellence" - Best Shorts Competition
Official Selection: Seattle International Film Festival
Official Selection: Woodstock Film Festival
Official Selection: DOC NYC Festival
Official Selection: National Film Festival ~ Talented Youth (NFFTY)
Official Selection: Sidewalk Film Festival
Official Selection: Fresh Takes Nat'l Youth Film Festival
Official Selection: Great Lakes Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection: Yonkers Film Festival
Official Selection: Indie Fest USA Int’l Festival
Official Selection: Los Angeles Indie Film Festival
Official Selection: San Pedro Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection: Lovvet Film Festival
Official Selection: Short of the Week
Honorable Mention: Los Angeles Movie Awards

"It’s truly an inspiring piece of work, effortlessly illustrating the very stuff that makes us human in the first place—our connections to those whom we love." - Ivan Kander (of Short of the Week);

Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Lance Oppenheim
Producer: The Opp-Guide
Featuring: Roy Oppenheim & Walter Oppenheim
Music: Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sigur Rós & Maxence Cyrin
Post-Production Design: J.D. Aronson & Melissa Oppenheim
Special Thanks: The Oppenheim & Pilelsky Families, and GenerationOn
Released: 2/27/13
Shot on the Canon T3i

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