Estranged parents (Melissa Leo and Gilles Malkine) move heaven and hell to control their teen daughter Persephone (Lindsay Andretta) but she has dreams and aspirations of her own.
The short film PERSEPHONE is a modern retelling of the Greek myth. It's a story of divorce and how two parents try to control their teenage daughter.
Demeter is portrayed by Academy-Award winning actor Melissa Leo (Flight, The Fighter, Frozen River, 21 Grams). She rules over the gardens and all the land at her regal estate. The story begins on a perfect day in August. Demeter has gathered her brothers, Zeus (the county executive) and Poseidon (the yachtsman) with a few friends, for her daughter Persephone's sixteenth birthday.
Persephone, portrayed by Lindsay Andretta (Far From Heaven) is not cooperating with her mother's plans. As a rebellious teenager, she would rather be anywhere but at home at Mount Olympus and she refuses to dress according to her mother's wishes. She steals away to the arboretum and looks out over the River Styx yearning to travel and explore life away from the trappings of home.
Demeter's ex-husband, Hades (Gilles Malkine) makes matters worse. After years of estrangement, he arrives at his daughter's birthday celebration. When he hears how she feel about her mother, he hatches a plan to take her away.
Hades surreptitiously steals away with his daughter across the River to his home. He spoils her with alcohol, drugs and rock'n'roll.
Demeter is tormented by her daughter's disappearance. She suspects Hades, but is unable to find any recourse. Her distress and anger are evident as summer ends. The trees lose their leaves and the earth is enveloped in snow and ice.
Zeus realizes that he needs to help his sister recover her daughter. He sends Poseidon to the Hades to broker a deal to share custody.
When Persephone is reunited with her mother, summer returns in all its glory, but as the story comes to an end, Hades is seen arriving to take his daughter back.