Genre:  Dance/Thriller

Overview:  A feminist empowerment metaphor and performance-based feature film set in Northern California, 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 is cleared of cancer, modern dancer Ava Greenwood, 22, leaves their isolated, rural home for a city artists’ space, where she wins an audition for “Persephone,” a feminist re-visioning of the myth of abduction, destruction, and renewal. Ava’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, Ava is accosted by aggressive men at work and near her home. She tries, unsuccessfully, to elude the romantic attentions of her dance partner “Hades” – the moody and violent-prone Ash. But when the choreographer of “Persephone” is killed, Ava is overcome by her suspicion that Ash is guilty. She flees from him to the imagined safety of her mother’s rural home, but the Stalker finds her, and brutally attacks. Desperate, Ava fights back with the only weapon she has....

 

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).