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.

"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);

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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

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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