Galt resident Catriona “Triona” Watson will mark a major accomplishment off her “bucket list” this month, as she will appear in the new short film “Intuition,” which will debut at the Crest Theatre in downtown Sacramento on May 18.
While she does not have a household name in the world of cinema or in any other manner, Watson does have some notoriety through association.
Her longtime life partner Hank Harrison, who died last year, was an author of multiple books, and a former manager of The Warlocks — a band that would later become famously known as the Grateful Dead.
Harrison was also the father of Courtney Love, frontwoman of the popular 1990s alternative/grunge rock band, Hole. Love was additionally well known as the former wife of the same era’s legendary alternative/grunge rocker Kurt Cobain, who was the frontman of the band Nirvana.
In a recent interview, Watson mentioned that her longtime desire to appear on the big screen dates back to her childhood in Scotland.
“It was something I was wanting to do since I was a kid,” said Watson, who immigrated to the United States in 1980. “There were a lot of things I wanted to do as a kid that I was never able to do.”
But as an adult, with that dream still alive, she was quick to accept an offer to take a lead role in a California State University, Sacramento, student film.
Watson explained how she was presented with the opportunity to work with students in the creation of this film, which was written, directed, produced and filmed by students as an ungraded final project for the semester.
“I subscribe to a group in Sacramento called Sacramento Casting, and every now and again, they will send me roles,” she said. “I’ve done a couple of ads before, but I’ve never done a speaking role. And so this one came up and I thought, ‘Oh, that sounds great.’
“So, I sent in my resume. I videotaped my audition, which is the way everybody does auditions now. And then a couple of weeks later, I got the message saying, ‘Hey, we picked you.’ I was thrilled.”
The filming of “Intuition” occurred during about a four-week period in a private residence in Carmichael.
Watson mentioned that she plays the role of Loretta, who is far from a kind woman.
“I play an elderly serial killer who has already killed people,” she said. “(She) killed two girls in Nevada, and I’ve moved on to Sacramento and I’m rooming with these two girls. I eventually poison them the same way I poisoned the girls in Nevada, and (then) I move on to Oregon.”
Asked why her character poisons other characters in the film, Watson noted that there is no motive mentioned in the script.
“Oh, I’m just a nasty person,” she said with a chuckle.
Watson mentioned that the film’s young female roommates, played by Syd Barron (Bev) and Citlalli Velazquez (Zoe), do not help their own causes with Loretta.
“They’re not really nice to (Loretta) at all,” she said. “They’re pretty mean to her.”
One of the girls has a worse relationship with Loretta, Watson noted.
“Eventually, (Loretta) appears to try to make up with the second girl (who has grown) suspicious of her, and she says, ‘Well, let me cook dinner for you,’” she said.
Watson added that Loretta is also a bit crazy.
“At one point, she gives (one of the girls) a gift of a mouse in a tutu,” she said. “That’s sort of weird in itself.
“Anyway, (Loretta) smokes and she coughs, and you can tell (or) I’m hoping that you can tell by her expressions that she’s really crazy.”
The last scene in the film shows Loretta setting up a meal at a table for her new roommates in Oregon.
In addition to having a leading role in the film, Velazquez is the film’s producer.
Sam Williams-Hemenway was the writer and director.
Others involved with the film were Braeden Harris (Loretta’s grandson), Ryan Robertson (art department), Hugh Wilson (director of photography and camera department), Julius Beretta (sound department), and Osiris & Taylor (electricity and grips).
While “Intuition” will be presented as a private screening for the university, the public is nonetheless welcome to attend this special 6:30 p.m. showing on May 18 at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street. Admission is free.
Following the film’s showing, Watson and others involved in the film’s production will make an appearance on the Crest’s stage.
Those who are unable to attend the special showing of “Intuition” will still be able to view the film, Watson noted.
“They have told me that it will be on YouTube, eventually,” she said. “Yeah, but not until after the screening, of course.”
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