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Watch this year’s films here:

Filmmaker: Chihiro Wimbush

Logline: A former lifer now brings two recent parolees who did time together, out of the uncertainty of their urban environments and into the refuge of nature.

Lemoore, CA: Home of the Perfect Wave
Filmmaker: Michael Price

Logline: A dream to create the perfect wave forever changes a small Central Valley town into a premiere surfing destination.

Our Daily Bread: The Last Panadero
Filmmaker: Adán Ávalos

Logline: A poetic documentary about family unity, love for community and the last neighborhood delivery breadman.

Famously Unknown
Filmmaker: RaShan McClarty

Logline: Ceasar “C-Flo” Johnson is a rapper, recording artist, entrepreneur, coach, and mentor. His influential words have touched the lives of countless people and he continues to motivate during these difficult times.

Love In Anxiety
Filmmaker: Jason Duong & Julease Graham

Logline: Julease Graham speaks with activists, artists, academics, and faith leaders on the anxiety of living, surviving, and thriving amid racism and violence while the future for the Black community seems so uncertain.

The Steam
Filmmaker: Matt Mealer

Logline: In the shadow of Yosemite National Park, the oldest and youngest crew members of a historic steam railroad ponder the future of their trade in a post-pandemic world.

Pintor Diego
Filmmaker: Rigoberto Moran

Logline: An artist born and raised in the Central Valley becomes an art professor. Inspired by his grandfather early in life, he encourages his students to accomplish their dreams and follow their passion.

Filmmaker: Jenny Toste

Logline: Heath, the little beekeeper, doesn’t do it for the honey; he does it for the bees. If we’re not careful, they could disappear, taking 80% of our food and our Valley’s $22 billion ag production along with them.

Filmmaker: Jamillah Finley

Logline: Breakbox Thought Collective documents its transformative program, the Fresno Black Girl Magic Project, uniting young Black girls from unique backgrounds as they transition into adulthood.

On The Edge
Filmmaker: Shira D. Gordon

Logline: Clipped to the rock hundreds of feet in the air, female climbers embark on a journey that is about so much more than the long and difficult climb.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor,

The James B. McClatchy Foundation!

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.

The Central Valley Community Foundation will award 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 and

This is the perfect opportunity to either get your start in filmmaking or
work on a passion project close to you. Winners will also be mentored by
Emmy-nominated documentarian Sascha Rice.

Thank you to our Community Partners!

Sascha Brown Rice
Mentor to Filmmakers

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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
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
Story Queens
Filmmaker: Haley White

2018 The Big Tell Winners

Needle & Thread

Filmmaker: Orlando J. Gomez

Avenal, the Oasis in the Sun

Filmmaker: Antony V. López

Preying on Innocents

Filmmaker: Zachary Green

One Step at a Time

Filmmaker: Jes Therkelsen

Valley of Murals

Filmmaker: Carissa Garcia & Sam Contreras


Filmmaker: Rippin Sindher

Transformation in the Central Valley

Filmmaker: Floyd Sanchez

Raisins Made with Love

Filmmaker: Sarah Linder Gonzales

Just Stuff

Filmmaker: Karen Dusek

2017 The Big Tell Winners