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.
“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.
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.
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...
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.
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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.
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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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