We hope to see you at The Big Tell Showcase on Friday, October 20 at 7pm at Warnors Theatre.

Get your photo taken on the red carpet at 6:15 

Show starts at 7 where we’ll screen all 10 films, followed with a concert by Lance Canales

Parking is free at these locations, and metered parking downown is always free after 6 and on weekends. 

In the days leading up to The Big Tell Showcase, don’t miss these incredible workshops:

ACTION! THE REAL DEAL IN FILMMAKING – Come out on Thursday, October 19 to hear Academy Award-winner Michael Fink and Emmy-nominated documentarian Sascha Rice detail the ins and outs of filmmaking! This workshop is FREE and open to the public.

VISUAL EFFECTS AND FILMS WITH ACADEMY AWARD WINNER, PROFESSOR MICHAEL FINK – The morning of October 20, Academy Award-winning Professor Michael Fink will share his insights on the film industry through the lens of his own career. This discussion will feature an in-depth look at Professor Fink’s films, followed by a Q&A session. This workshop is FREE and open to the public.

PRO8MM AT CMAC – Don’t miss this first-of-its-kind in Fresno experience! This FREE seminar on Friday, October 20 is open to the public and is great for anyone wishing to preserve home movies shot on 8mm film, or for those who are interested in learning more about how to capture the best film on 8mm.



The Central Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) distributes annual grants combining both donor-restricted legacies and CVCF’s own discretionary funds. Competitive grants provide an opportunity for local agencies to seek funding to support new programming, expand audience outreach, develop new materials and engage the next generation of artists, donors, leaders, and supporters.

Our 2017 Arts and Culture grant cycle is focused on storytelling through film. We are excited to announce The Big Tell: a film contest featuring undiscovered stories from California’s great Central Valley.

Ten grants of $5,000 have been awarded to local filmmakers to produce mini documentaries about life in the Central Valley; stories that shine a light on the incredible people and places that make our region so extraordinary.

These are authentic, nonfiction mini docs that tell stories of  triumph, redemption, grit, hardship, inspiration, perseverance, family, friendship, innovation, community, resilience, pride, humor, fear, and/or hope. The mini-docs will be screened at a Central Valley-only film festival, The Big Tell Showcase, on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7pm at Warnor’s Theatre in downtown Fresno.

We are also offering a series of workshops and panel disucssions for area filmmakers on October 19 and 20. More details to come soon. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram for the latest updates. Our handle on each platform is @centralvalleycf.

Congratulations to our Big Tell grantees. We look forward to seeing your films on Friday, October 20, 2017 at The Big Tell Showcase at Warnor’s Theatre in Fresno

Frank Delgado

Arte Americas will capture the history and tradition behind the annual horse ride in late July of the Association de Charros to commemorate the mythical legend of Joaquin Murrieta, a controversial symbol in California’s early history.

Karen Dusek, Rebecca Adams

Literacy empowers, as two volunteer tutors and learners in the Mariposa Library’s adult literacy program reveal in their inspirational stories about the experiences that brought them together. Learn how their efforts translate to a more sustainable, hopeful community.

Hashim Hassan

The struggle and resilience of one Syrian family in Fresno who are among 10,000 Syrian refugees accepted in the United States since the war began.

Martha Yesenia Juarez, Carolina Gutierrez Alfaro, Jennifer Morales, Luis Alcazar

A young Chicana uncovers the history of the land she grew up on. She discovers the beauty of this land and the richness of life of the migrant families that work the land “On the Banks of El Canal.”

David Kennedy

“The Blessing and the Curse” is the surprising and inspiring story of local folk, Americana and rockabilly musician Lance Canales, who rose from humble Central Valley farmworker beginnings to prominence in the international music scene.

Rebecca Miller

Technology is a tool people can use to change the world, for better or worse. Three students from Avenal, who care so much about the Valley where they grew up and the industries here, are competing in 59DaysOfCode’s annual competition.

Johnny Soto

There may not be paved roads in the small town of London, CA, but that won’t stop one man from bringing to his hometown something he didn’t have growing up; a library. Follow his journey as he fights to bring accessible books and media to London, sparking interest and inspiring education and imagination in the hearts and minds of its youth.


Jose Muñoz

A love story of Mr. and Mrs. Medina and the promise they made to give back to their community. Thus leading to the creation of the Kings Cultural Center in Armona, CA.

Haley White

Amy Querin used dance to heal her own emotional wounds, and now she helps others do the same. From her own dance company to the work she does with the prisoners at Central California Women’s Facility through the Prison Arts Project.

Paula Yang

This short documentary will capture three Hmong veterans who served for the United States during the Vietnam War in Laos. This film will showcase their life stories, their experiences during the war, and transition to American civilian life after their service.

Our Partners

We are so grateful to Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC) for their partnership on The Big Tell. All local and aspiring filmmakers can become members of CMAC for access to training and tools including production studio, private editing suites, meeting rooms, classroom space, and a computer lab, along with a variety of portable production gear. . Please visit www.cmac.tv. to learn more about available resources. 

Questions? Contact: gretchen@centralvalleycf.org

2016 Arts and Culture Grantees:

$10,000 – Fresno County Public Library
La Musica en los Parques

La Música en los Parques is a concert series in parks featuring musical programs celebrating Latino culture. A percussion laboratory will allow children to explore elements of music. A mobile library will create library cards on-site and loan materials at each venue. Posting videos online will increase access to concerts.

$10,000 – Fresno State Opera Program
Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena: A Children’s Opera

This project seeks to share the diverse singing and acting talents of Fresno State students with the children and adults of Fresno County. By creating a new repertoire based on a Mexican folk tale and taking this newly created art to children in schools and in public forums where they would normally not be exposed to opera, the group will engage and change the way opera is perceived and see new audiences emerge and awaken to this ancient form of storytelling.

$10,000 – Central Sierra Historical Society
Sounds of the Central Sierra

The Central Sierra Historical Society will create and innovative way for the community to experience the museum by developing an app that will allow visitors to engage with their exhibits through the rich sounds and songs of the central Sierra. The goal is to reach a broader audience using a new and modern approach.

$10,000 – Art of Life Cancer Foundation
Musical Playscape: Art of Life Healing Garden at Woodward Park

The Art of Life Cancer Foundation will engage the Central Valley through the development of an outdoor musical playscape at the Art of Life Healing Garden in Woodward Park, intersecting the experience of both music and parks. This musical playscape offers equal benefits to all, transcending boundaries of age, ethnicity, gender, and ability. Offering an interactive experience, the ensemble of outdoor instruments will serve as a dynamic outlet that promotes music as art for generations to come.

$14,000 – Boys and Girls Club of Fresno County

This program will engage children and their families in music performance and cultural activities to enrich their lives and deepen their understanding. The project will incorporate music from a variety of ethnicities within a cultural context and culminate in three events at City Parks. Youth will gain self-knowledge, self-esteem, and appreciation for multicultural music.

2015 Arts and Culture Grantees

Visalia Opera Company
Bachrun LoMele
Fresno Historical Society
Shinzen Friendship Garden
Mariposa County Arts Council
Arte Americas
United Way of Fresno
Jazz Fresno, Inc.
Center for Lao Studies
The Beat Within
New Conservatory Theatre Center
Teocali Cultural Academy
Break the Barriers
Creative Fresno
Boys and Girls Clubs of Fresno County
Youth Orchestra of Fresno
SAM Academy