By Laura Ramos, Community Engagement Associate

We are 15 days away from The Big Tell Showcase presented by Bank of America! Central Valley Community Foundation would like to invite the community to join us on Friday, October 25th from 7:00- 9:30 pm at the Tower Theatre as we premiere 10 mini-documentaries produced by 10 filmmakers right here in our region! Tickets are free and required, please click HERE to reserve your seat. 

Everyday from now until The Big Tell Showcase we’ll be introducing each one of our filmmakers so you can get to know them and what their film will be about. Today we’d like you to meet Chad Saechao!

Where are you from?

I’m from Visalia, California  

How old are you?

I am 23 years old.

How long have you been in film or a filmmaker/producer?

I’ve been making films for roughly seven years.

What’s the name of the film you’ll be showcasing at The Big Tell?

The title is NSD (Northside Dreams)

What county does your film take place in?

Tulare County

How did you decide on your film concept?

My love for my city and hip-hop music.

How has the process been for the making of your film?

So far, it’s been fantastic. Getting together a game plan with the people at the label, and crafting a cinematic tone has been fun.

What do you hope the audience at the Showcase takes away from your film?

I just hope people like it and resonate with the story. NSD (Northside Dreams) is about a hip-hop label based in Visalia, CA. so we’re showcasing that side of Visalia and the people in it. Most importantly though, I hope audiences get inspired by this story. I hope they feel inspired by the fact that there are people here in the city trying to do big things creatively in a city where it’s often frowned upon to have artistic endeavors.

Is there something you’d like to share about yourself and/or your film?

As a huge fan of hip-hop and film, I couldn’t be more excited to tell this story. I have immense love for the city of Visalia, and have been a huge supporter in trying to push more artists in the city to chase their dreams. I’m hoping this film will act as a baton and inspire a kid who is on the fence about chasing his/her artistic dream, so when they grow up, they can do the same for this city, and pass the baton down for future generations!

Where can we follow you on social media?
Instagram: @chadsaechao

Follow CVCF on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more updates on The Big Tell. Also check out last year’s films on our YouTube channel. We’ll see you at The Big Tell!