HYENA is a dramatic film that features a one-woman performance by Mollena Williams-Haas, who has performed this theatrical piece live previously with Klangforum Wien. During the Summer of 2021, XQL Media produced a stylized feature film adaptation based on her original performance.  The film is directed by Jack Perez from a script by Mollena Williams-Haas:

When a woman goes to rehab to heal from her addiction to alcohol,  it inspires a beautiful, poetic and harrowing journey of words.

Notably, the piece is fully-scored with original music by acclaimed composer,  Georg Friedrich Haas, and performed by the Talea Ensemble.  Haas is considered to be one of the major European composers of his generation. His music synthesizes in a highly original way the Austrian tradition of grand orchestral statement with forward-looking interests in harmonic color and microtonal tuning - both that stem from both French spectralism and a strand of American experimentalism.

HYENA is a bold and courageous journey of words into the mind of an alcohol addicted woman who must fight her worst demon - the titular "hyena". It is lavish and gorgeous treatment of light, color, words and performance. 

Behind The Scenes

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Jack Perez

"Hyena" was directed by Jack Perez who is also a 
screenwriter, editor and film professor.

Jack Perez is known for his stylistic thrillers, including the comedy-horror, "Some Guy Who Kills People" executive produced by John Landis. He also directed the cult classic, "Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus", whose trailer went viral and was named by Yahoo! as one of the top 10 trailers of 2009, with more trailer views than "Avatar".

Official Movie Poster

Mollena Williams-Haas

Is an American actress, writer and performer. As a child she performed in the movie, "The Wiz", where she sang backup for Lena Horne.


In 1992, she appeared in several independent films, including "Skin and Bone". She also co-starred in the independent cult classic "America's Deadliest Home Video", where she first collaborated with writer/director Jack Perez. The movie also stars Danny Bonaduce and Melora Walters, and is widely considered the grandfather of all "found footage" movies, predating "Man Bites Dog" and "The Blair Witch Project".

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Hyena is now playing at:

The Clover Theater
on March 31 at 6pm 
The Clover Theater is located at 121 E 1st St. Cloverdale, CA 95425.
Tickets are $10 and available only at the door. 

Sonoma State Film Institute
April 1st at 7pm
April 3rd at 4pm
Sonoma State Film Institute is located at Warren Auditorium at 1801 East Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Tickets are by donation at the door.