Welcome to Buoyancy

Living Between Dualities

Welcome to Buoyancy

Living Between Dualities

About the Film



Buoyancy is a 55-minute poetic documentary film about one woman's cancer journey. Witness how Jeannie coped with her devastating diagnosis, managed living in dualities, and how she found ways to stay buoyant.

The vision for Buoyancy was to go behind the veil to share one woman’s very personal, innermost journey exploring life, sexuality, disease, motherhood and mortality. Director Will Hommeyer uses his camera to witness the passage as she stumbles down the rabbit hole of cancer treatment. The film draws on universal themes of fear, loss and love within Jeannie's experience and allows the audience to see themselves in her place; to walk beside her on her journey. 

Our Story


“Feel the motions of tenderness around you, the buoyancy.” ~Rumi 

Jeannie and I have been good friends for over thirty years. Throughout much of that time, we have been colleagues working together in the film industry. She is the godmother of my eldest daughter, Camille. We were like family and I felt a responsibility to act, to do something, to capture and preserve the essence of this amazing woman for her kids, her grandchildren, her husband, and for me; to hold on to a dear friend that could otherwise slip from my grasp.

From the first, the act of making the film together was a vital forum for Jeannie to process her story. What surprised me was the resilient narrative form that emerged from the chaos that cancer brought to her life and how I vicariously came face-to-face with my own mortality. Jeannie chose to live in beauty and buoyancy rather than in fear and anxiety. For that, I am in awe. Her tenacity and spirit profoundly impacted the way I lean into my life with renewed intention and gratitude. It was a deeply intimate experience to walk beside her on this bold adventure. I am eternally grateful for all that she has taught me about living in dualities.


Coming Soon!


The world  premiere  was on November 4, 2018 at the beautiful Parkway Theater in Minneapolis. In the coming months, there will be other screenings and readings that will be listed here. 

Next Screening:

Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Show starts at 7:00 p.m. Jeannie will read from her memoir and copies of her book will be available for purchase. There will be a short discussion following the film.

$10 advance/$12 at the door. https://www.bryantlakebowl.com

More to follow...

the memoir

Buoyancy, a memoir

Jeannie Piekos, writer, poet and art activist, found a way to navigate and share her cancer journey through essays and poetry. In Buoyancy, a memoir, she travels from the heart-breaking, life-threatening diagnosis through the treatment protocol with its side-effects and fallout, and onward into a transformed, unrecognizable self that yearns to find self-acceptance and possibly recovery. Buoyancy provides a lens into a private space that allows the reader to be witness to the loneliness, poignancy and universality of disease.


“Finding peace with my situation meant learning to love what felt broken in my life—my heart, my body and the cells that went awry…”

Signed copies of the book are available for $15. Please contact us for purchasing details.


our supporters

Special Thanks


Shari Albers

Randy Anderson

Scott Bartell

Pam Belding

Bill Cottman

John Kurtis Dehn

Cyndie DeRidder

Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs

Danny Givens, Jr.

Flo Golod

Dana Hays

Audrey Hommeyer

Gordon Huser

Lisa Karina

Jill van Koolwijk

Janis Lane-Ewart

Rene Meyer-Grimberg

Jeff Sylvestre

Dale Wiehle

Barbara Wiener

David Woolley

Blue Moon Productions

Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures 

The Brass Messengers

Vizi Spa & Salon

Generous Support


Louis Alemayehu

Bobbie Anderson

Michael & Lucinda Anderson

Charlie & Cathy Anhut

Amy Ballestad

Scott Bartell

Mary Bohman

Kirt & Carolyn Boston 

Melinda Carter

Sharon Davis 

Kurt & Rosie Faber

Joe Fieber

Sue Filben

Bruce Fredericksen

Adele Gardner

Fikret & Fahira Gerzik

Paul Gitz

Fred Glazer

Flo Golod

Ewen & Joanne Ha

Liz Ha

Mike Hazard

Charles & Ann Hommeyer

Gordon Huser

Darcy Juhl

Janis Lane-Ewart


Tri Mai

Bayla McDougal

Mark & Lindsey Myers

Warren & Patty Park

Meredith Myers-Petro

Ben Petro

Linda Schreiber

James Schwartz

Beverly Sonen

Sandy Spieler

Sylvia Storvick

Kay Streng 

Tracey Stretch 

Tressa Sularz

Jeff Sylvestre

Jeanne Tazzioli

Cilla Walford

Dale Wiehle 

Josie Wilson

Artist Initiative grant



Will Hommeyer is a fiscal year 2016 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to the legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Movie trailer

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Purchase Buoyancy

Both the film and memoir are available for purchase.

The film will be available on a USB flash drive (.mp4) in the near future. The book is available for $15. Shipping is not included. Please contact us for more information.


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We want to hear from you!

Do you have questions or comments about our film? Do you have a venue where we could arrange a screening? Are you interested in purchasing a copy of the film and/or the memoir? 

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