Genre:  Dance/Thriller

Overview:  A feminist empowerment metaphor and performance-based feature film set in San Francisco, BUZZ explores contemporary women's themes through the lens of myth (Persephone and Hades), spirituality, and fact. It's also a buddy thriller between two very different young women who agree on one thing: Art is Life.

Logline:  An outspoken but vulnerable young beekeeping dancer overcomes her inner demons to pursue her dreams -- while a serial killer pursues her.

Synopsis:  After her beekeeper mother, Eden, is cleared of cancer, law student/modern dancer Kora Greenwood, 22, leaves their isolated, rural home for a San Francisco artists’ space, The Hive, where she wins an audition for “Persephone in S.F.” a feminist re-visioning of the myth of abduction, destruction, and renewal. Kora’s friend, post-punk diva Violet, composes music and lyrics for the performance as news stories multiply about The Stalker, a serial killer terrorizing the City.

While the Stalker continues his grisly attacks, Kora spars with her past aggressor, Jasper Slade, argues with charismatic, handsome Preacher Mason, and tries, unsuccessfully, to elude the aggressive attentions of her dance partner “Hades” – the hard-drinking, unruly and temperamental Ash. When the Stalker tracks Kora back to her rural home and brutally attacks her, she strikes back in an unexpected, magnificent denouement.


Selected for the 2016 Mill Valley Film Festival’s Master Screenwriters seminar, “Telling the Woman’s Story” and as a Sundance Screenwriters Lab second rounder, BUZZ loosely traces the Persephone myth of abduction, destruction, and renewal with a postmodern dance tale of loss, redemption, and the power of Nature via…bees!

BUZZ is a multimedia project supported by Patricia K. Meyer (Professor AFI and Loyola Marymount; Squaw Valley Screenwriters); Helen Jacey (screenwriter, author and lecturer “The Woman in the Story); Jennine Lanouette (CFI, Screentakes) and Professor Pat Ferrero (Documentary Film, SFSU; Mendocino Film Festival Program Director).