Lance Oppenheim Releases Latest Short Film Documentary, Entitled THE OFF | SEASON

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A short film about the destructive lengths and the struggle a free agent plunges into to return to the NFL.

Lance Oppenheim, an 18-year-old award-winning filmmaker, recently released his latest short documentary THE OFF | SEASON that tackles the heart-wrenching experiences of Kahlil Bell, a record-holding professional football player who refuses to sacrifice his obsessive dreams of returning to the NFL in the face of his new, harsh realities.

Vimeo, a widely used video-sharing website, has already selected THE OFF | SEASON as a “Staff Pick,” featuring the film on the home page of its website, an honor that Oppenheim has garnered for his two prior works, QUICKSAND and THE DOGMATIC.

Even though Oppenheim had displayed “little to no interest in following or watching professional football” as a youth, he was intrigued by the notion that Kahlil “wasn't just another free agent in his ‘off-season,’ but rather was ostensibly the Willy Loman of the NFL, clinging onto the last vestiges of his dreams and stuck in a never-ending world of medias res: his ‘off-season.’”

The short film took 18 months to complete with Oppenheim spending the past six months in Los Angeles where he collaborated with Nick Chuba, a rapidly emerging composer under the tutelage of musical luminary Atticus Ross, and the award-winning sound team behind BREAKING BAD, GAME OF THRONES, VANILLA SKY and UPSTREAM COLOR.

About Lance Oppenheim:
Born and raised in South Florida, Oppenheim is an 18-year-old filmmaker who directs, produces, and edits award winning short films. Oppenheim’s films have been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution, featured as a Short of the Week, on the White House Blog, officially selected and screened at over 43 film festivals, and nationally televised on PBS. In 2014, Oppenheim was selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts and as a YoungArts national finalist. He will attend Harvard College in the fall.

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