By Laura Ramos, Community Engagement Associate

We are 10 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 Glenn Philip Martinez Aquino!

Where are you from?

I’m from Orosi, California.

How old are you?

I am 39 years old.

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

7 years.

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

Peacock: Exeter Riot

What county does your film take place in?

Tulare County.

How did you decide on your film concept?

I weighed between how challenging the project would be and how it would push me to become a better filmmaker with the feasibility and practicality of producing the film along with the importance of the piece during this time.

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

It’s been quite challenging gathering visual materials since the content refers to an incident that happened almost 90 years ago. I’m learning a lot in terms of navigating through different paths of research and resources while experimenting with various methods of composing the narrative.

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

A refreshing perspective of how to frame history and memory highlighting its importance to the discourse of current issues we are challenged with today. I hope people take with them a sense of empowerment that liberates them from the conventional rhetoric that often leaves us feeling downtrodden, powerless, overwhelmed, depressed and helpless. I hope the film evokes and/or inspires liberatory and safe spaces so we can come together in unity to have productive discussions about the multitude of complex problems we face today.

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

My journey to become a filmmaker is primarily motivated by a great sense of filling a void I’ve often felt and that is our narrative, our stories, as underrepresented and unrecognized communities is not showcased and therefore, we do not “exist”. I am inspired to destroy the notion that we don’t have the abilities or skillset to tell our own stories in creative and innovative ways that push and challenge the conventional attitudes against marginalized communities. Peacock is one of many attempts in my filmmaking journey to dispel these myths and backward attitudes and perspectives.

Where can we follow you on social media?

Instagram: @brownfist and @sine68films

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!