Thank you to everyone who came out to The Big Tell Showcase! Over 600 people enjoyed an evening at the Historic Warnors Theatre. We’re thrilled to share all ten films with you:

Road to Hope

Grantee: Hashim Hassan

59 Days of Code

Grantee: Rebecca Miller

On the Bank of El Canal

Grantees: Martha Yesenia Juarez


Grantee: Haley White

Literacy Empowers

Grantee: Karen Dusek & Rebecca Adams

The Promise

Grantee: Jose Muñoz

Library for London

Grantee: Johnny Soto

The Blessing and the Curse

Grantee: David Kennedy

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. This year we began 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 tell stories of triumph, redemption, grit, hardship, inspiration, perseverance, family, friendship, innovation, community, resilience, pride, humor, fear, and/or hope. The mini-docs were screened at a Central Valley-only film festival, The Big Tell Showcase, on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Warnors Theatre in downtown Fresno.

We also offered a series of workshops and panel discussions for area filmmakers. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram for photos of The Big Tell Showcase and YouTube to see the 10 amazing mini docs that were showcased.

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 to learn more about available resources.

Past Recipients:

2016 Arts & Culture Grantees

2015 Arts & Culture Grantees