“The Dogmatic” Release Receives Best Short Film Documentary Award

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Student and award-winning filmmaker, Oppenheim will receive the award for Best Student Documentary and Short Film from The Palm Beach International Film Festival and Student Showcase of Films on March 15, 2013. In addition, the film is an official selection of the San Francisco International Film Festival and the National Film Festival for Talented Youth.

Lance Oppenheim

“I believe that my brand is unlike some filmmakers, I don’t approach my subjects or themes with any preconceived notions; which, in turn, allows the narrative or ‘viewer’ the ability to take-away whatever is most important.”

Lance Oppenheim, a Pine Crest Upper School student and award-winning filmmaker, will receive the award for Best Student Documentary and Best Student Short Film from The Palm Beach International Film Festival and Student Showcase of Films on March 15, 2013 for his short film, “The Dogmatic.”

The Dogmatic on YouTube

“The Dogmatic” on Vimeo, profiles Amy Restucci, the enigmatic director of ‘100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades, Florida’. Oppenheim and his film crew accompanied Restucci and the other members of her volunteer organization as they roamed rural neighborhoods deep in the Everglades swamp, risking their own physical well-being to look for dogs in need of rescue.

The film quickly turns into a controversial story of societal neglect, economic despair, morality and self-fulfillment. Speaking about why the film has been so successful, Oppenheim commented: “I recognize the controversy surrounding the issues in the film and I have purposely left it to the viewer to formulate their own opinion."

The Dogmatic, which was made with assistance and collaboration from students in the Pine Crest Film Program, has received numerous awards and continues to gain recognition from the independent film world with accolades that include: “Best Short Documentary” from The Accolade Competition and Best Shorts Competition, and an “official selection” of the San Francisco International Film Festival and the National Film Festival for Talented Youth.

Describing his film technique,Oppenheim says, “I believe that my brand is unlike some documentary filmmakers, I don’t approach my subjects or themes with any preconceived notion; which, in turn allows the narrative or ‘viewer’ the ability to take-away whatever is most important.”

The film was released in October 2012 on Vimeo, a video-sharing site created by filmmakers. The documentary has received more than 30,000 views and counting. Vimeo designated the film as a "staff pick" shortly after it premiered.

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The film was co-produced by the Opp-Guide -- a nonprofit organization that connects youth nationwide with service opportunities -- as part of its ongoing mission to spotlight important social missions.

Another one of Oppenheim’s documentaries, “Reconciliation” has won multiple awards including: Best Student Documentary from The Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival. The film features a simple retelling of the 9/11 attack, presenting the tragedy from a different generational point of view. Oppenheim was able to tie stories from within Pine Crest School in Ft Lauderdale, Florida even though they were miles away from Ground Zero.

About Lance Oppenheim:
Oppenheim is a junior at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, where he started the Pine Crest Film Club. He is the Vice President of Student Government as well as the developer of the Opp-Guide. His latest release is “Quicksand” also a Vimeo "staff pick," is a story about personal loss that serves as a tribute to his grandfather.

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About The Opp-Guide:
Founded in South Florida in 2004, the Opp-Guide helps youth locate service opportunities they find interesting so they can continue to serve their community. In 2011, the Opp-Guide mobile App was developed and is available for free at the iTunes store. The app allows anyone to search a nationwide directory of nearly 300,000 nearby community service opportunities by zip code, category, keyword and map with personalized results.

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