By Laura Ramos, Community Engagement Associate

We are 14 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 Regina Simmons!

Where are you from?

I’m from Tampa, Florida

How old are you?

I am 33 years old.

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

In 2010, I graduated from St.Petersburg College with a degree in Digital Video Production. Then through my production company called Ginabell Production, LLC, I gained practical experience collaborating with local artists and working on a variety of productions including film, television, and fashion. In 2018, I moved to Fresno and accepted a Marketing Coordinator position with Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce where I spend the majority of my time developing video, photo, and digital print publications for the organization. 

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

The name of my film is Capital G.

What county does your film take place in?

Fresno County

How did you decide on your film concept?

The Fresno Green Team and our Youth Ambassadors are engaging our community by educating small businesses on green business practices, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, air quality monitoring, and water conservation. Their dedication to making a positive impact on the Central Valley inspired me and my team. The work they are doing and inspiring is building a legacy that deserves to be captured on film and shared with others.

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

This film process has been challenging and rewarding at the same time. One of the biggest challenges that we faced was identifying the film technique to be used to use to tell this story because there is so much information that we wanted to share. Finding ways to narrow the information down, and identify a strong theme, has been a struggle and I find myself asking, “how is this all going to fit in 5 minutes?”

But I really enjoy the moments during our filming where I can see through the eyes of the Youth Ambassadors. Just seeing how their perspectives have changed since they started the program and what has impacted them the most and their own energy and commitment to sharing what they’ve learned with those they love.

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

I hope that the audience learns about investment, not just capital investment, but human investment. Teaching our youth, providing them with job skills, empowering them to engage our community and providing an environmentally based solution for our business community is an investment; our investment and plan to positively impact our valley far into the future.

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

I was diagnosed with Lupus nephritis in 2011 and the journey to recovery has been long and difficult but I chose to persevere, with the support of my family and my local Lupus support group. I’ve been able to learn how to overcome my daily obstacles and enjoy life and look at every day as a new opportunity. 

Where can we follow you on social media?
Facebook: @ginabell1andonly
Linkedin: @ginabellproduction
Youtube: @GinaBellProduction

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!