The Film Series

Silicon Valley of the Heart's Delight

A documentary series by Greg Kerekez, the title:”Silicon Valley of the Heart’s Delight” is a play on names associated with Santa Clara County: “Silicon Valley” combined with a historical term for the South Bay: “Valley of the Heart’s Delight.” Before the Age of Technology, our valley was filled with plentiful orchards, meandering creeks, and flowering hills. Many throughout history have commented on their Heart’s delight while reflecting on our Valley.

Consider this quote from famed botanist, John Muir, when entering the Santa Clara Valley, in July 1868. “With the Monte Diablo range on our left, those of Santa Cruz on our right; their union with the valley is by curves and slopes of inimitable beauty, and they were robed with the greenest grass and richest light I ever beheld, and colored and shaded with millions of flowers of every hue, chiefly of purple and golden yellow; and hundreds of crystal streams joined songs with the larks, filling all the valley with music like a sea, making it an Eden from end to end…”

Made for Television, this film series will showcase the amazing natural heritage and diversity of Silicon Valley, while addressing some critical issues currently facing the fragmented pieces of “Eden” that remain. Each episode will profile the citizens, organizations, and agencies; working to protect wildlife and wild lands of the Southern San Francisco Bay area.

Look forward to episodes titled “A Year with the Gray Fox”(profiling citizen scientist Bill Leikam), “Salmonids in the City”(citizen scientist Roger Castillo and Department of Fish and Wildlife Wardens), “Return of the California Golden Beaver”(Rick Lanman, Heidi Perryman, Urban Wildlife Research Project), “Burrows for Burrowing Owls”(Santa Clara Valley Audubon), “Nonprofits for our Lady Guadalupe” (Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, Friends of Los Gatos Creek, Ulistac Natural Area Restoration and Education Project), “Butterflies of Hummingbird Mountain and Coyote Ridge”(Santa Clara Open Space Authority and Mid-peninsula Open Space).

If you know a piece of Eden that should be showcased or would like to be involved in the project, contact Greg Kerekez: at

Here’s a preview of one episode from the series “A Year with the Gray Fox”


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