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.