What is The Big Tell?

The Big Tell is a regional filmmaking program offering grants for the
production of 5-minute minidocumentaries that feature stories from
California’s great Central Valley.

Each year, the Central Valley Community Foundation awards ten grants of
$5,000 each for the creation of short films about the amazing people,
places, and activities that make the Central Valley so remarkable.

Winners will have 3 months to complete their 5-minute film, and will receive one-on-one mentorship from Emmy-nominated documentarian Sascha Rice.

The Big Tell is Presented by the James B. McClatchy foundation

with support from Community Media Access Collaborative.


2020 The Big Tell Winners

Filmmaker: Chihiro Wimbush
Lemoore, CA: Home of the Perfect Wave
Filmmaker: Michael Price
Our Daily Bread: The Last Panadero
Filmmaker: Adán Ávalos
Filmmaker: Jamillah Finley
Pintor Diego
Filmmaker: Rigoberto Moran
Famously Unknown
Filmmaker: RaShan McClarty
Love In Anxiety
Filmmaker: Jason Duong & Julease Graham
The Steam
Filmmaker: Matt Mealer
On The Edge
Filmmaker: Shira D. Gordon
Filmmaker: Jenny Toste

2019 The Big Tell Winners

El espíritu de las danzas
Filmmaker: Adán Ávalos
Capital G
Filmmaker: Regina Simmons
Peacock: Exeter, The Anti-Filipino Riot
Filmmaker:Glenn Philip Martinez Aquino
Filmmaker: Chad Saechao
Story Queens
Filmmaker: Haley White
100 Years of Suffrage
Filmmaker: Orlando J. Gomez
Family Rx
Filmmaker: Christopher Velazquez
Remembering Trevor
Filmmaker: Joshua Krause
Mariposa is Music!
Filmmaker: Karen Dusek
Professional AND Skater
Filmmaker: Juan ‘Carlos’ Burgos

2018 The Big Tell Winners

Needle & Thread

Filmmaker: Orlando J. Gomez

Raisins Made with Love

Filmmaker: Sarah Linder Gonzales

Preying on Innocents

Filmmaker: Zachary Green


Filmmaker: Rippin Sindher

Just Stuff

Filmmaker: Karen Dusek

Valley of Murals

Filmmaker: Carissa Garcia & Sam Contreras

One Step at a Time

Filmmaker: Jes Therkelsen

Transformation in the Central Valley

Filmmaker: Floyd Sanchez

Avenal, the Oasis in the Sun

Filmmaker: Antony V. López

2017 The Big Tell Winners