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Synopsis: In the Valley of the Moon, follows a young man working as a hitman for the Italian mob in 1977. He takes a job in Petaluma, California, posing as a potential buyer at an open house to confront the realtor who he suspects has a sinister connection to his past.


English, Italian

Run Time

30 minutes


Raz Fritz (Thomas Murphy)
Ryan Emilio Molina (Mark Green)
Marco Giuliano (Frank Rio)
Landon Moss (Samson Lewis)
Ashley Murray (David)
Sebastien Basset (Waiter)

Directed by

Luca Pizzoleo

Written by

Luca Pizzoleo

Produced by

Luca Pizzoleo

Executive Producer

Raz Fritz

Edited by

Luca Pizzoleo


Alexander Arntzen

Production Designer

Luca Pizzoleo


Jeremy Basset

Director's Statement

As an Italian-American I grew up on all the classic mob movies like GOODFELLAS, THE GODFATHER and THE KING OF NEW YORK. These films hold a special place in my heart, it’s long been a goal of mine to tackle a film in this genre.

‘In the Valley of the Moon’ simply put if my love letter to the 70’s. I’ve always been fascinated by the timeless music, beautiful cars, and bold fashion choices of the time. I wanted to pay homage by replicating the visual aesthetic of the very things that inspired me to become a filmmaker.

I wanted to create unique characters with complex backstories that breathe life and transcend the screen. The cast crew and I worked tirelessly to make something special that hopefully anyone can enjoy. If you have a chance to watch the film I want to give my humble thanks for your time.

– Luca Pizzoleo

Director's Bio

Luca Pizzoleo is a 24-year-old independent filmmaker and photographer. He is known for his award-winning short films IN THE VALLEY OF THE MOON, SEEKING REBIRTH and his upcoming short THE TRAGIC DEATH OF A FRENCHMAN. He has won numerous awards and has had his work featured in several publications, including Basic Magazine and The New York Times.

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