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Katelyn Pigoni makes a movie in Geyserville

Sunday, November 18th, 2012 | Posted by

Geyservillian Katelyn Pigoni spent part of her spring break this year working as an intern at the Cannes Film Festival. Now the Cal State Northridge student will return to Geyserville to film her new movie, “Hearts of the Valley.”

Every semester at Cal State Northridge, four films are chosen to be produced for senior thesis. Pigoni’s script was chosen. She will also direct “Hearts of the Valley.”
Family, friends, teacher and locals alike have seen the single focused commitment Pigoni has brought to the community. 
Always helping her father, Fire Chief Paul Pigoni, with fundraisers from the time she was small, Pigoni finally landed a job while at the Santa Rosa Junior College at the Geyserville Mud Coffee. Pigoni even sold hand made jewelry there to help with college, and is frequently seen during college breaks helping out at the Mud.
When asked about the film, Pigoni said, “Out of about 30 proposals, my film was chosen. It takes place in 1927, and tells the story of a family of Italian immigrants who bootleg wine in a garden shed. They don’t do this as a way to oppose the government, but as a means of survival, and of preserving their art. I intensely researched this film for about nine months before I even started writing it.”
Pigoni and 10 fellow classmates are financing the film themselves and made Geyserville their home while filming.  She arrived Nov. 9 to find local housing for the crew that arrived Nov. 11. Filming continued through Nov. 18.
  • TS

    way to go Katelyn. We’re all very poud of you. The Elliott’s

  • Katelyn

    Our indiegogo page has expired, but if you would still like to donate you can by writing us a check to cash or to Deana Becker and give them to either my parents or you can drop it off at Geyserville Mud.

    We’ve also renamed the film to ” Hearts of the Valley” as of yesterday.

    Thanks so much for your support Deborah! You are too good to me :-)

  • http://hope-inns.com Cosette Trauman-Scheiber

    Just one more reason to shout the praises of our incredible community.. Well done Katelyn..

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