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

Community Media Access Collaborative 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.

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

The Big Tell 2022 is presented by the James B. McClatchy Foundation and the Central Valley Community Foundation with support from CMAC.

Watch The Big Tell Showcase!

Saturday, November 26th at 8PM on KSEE24 and CMAC.
Learn more at: TheBigTell.org

2022 Winners:

Melonie Bisset

“Tango Fresno”

A vibrant community of Central Valley citizens celebrate their passion for Argentine tango as they welcome back in-person dances after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jason Duong

“Stubborn”

Dinuba musician, Jeffery Holmes, overcomes a rare autoimmune disorder while pursuing his passion for music.

Karina Turner

“Invisible Love”

A look at the “invisible” people who care for the fragile and vulnerable family members who have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Edward Goto

“How Sweet It Is!”

We all love creampuffs and jelly doughnuts. But have you ever heard of manju? Come discover the wondrous Japanese confectionary delights handmade in Fresno’s 100 year old, family run, manju store, Kogetsu-Do! It’s one of only four Manju shops in the United States!

Zach Green

“The Fighter”

Before she was ever known as “The Belizean Bruiser” and a top-ten ranked UFC fighter, single mother Marion Reneau faced a difficult struggle, alone with her son, just fighting to survive.

Jeremy Miller

“School Yard Rap”

Who could’ve known that education could be so fun?! Brandon Brown uplifts the history of minorities through music, art, passion and smarts!

Ernesto Cruz Pulido

“Unsung Heroes”

From farm to table, but what’s in between? An inside look at truck drivers’ lives, their aspirations and love for trucking.

Rieka L. Rain Tree

“Non-Acknowledged”

A candid and educational representation of what it means to be a non-acknowledged, non-recognized Central Valley Indian tribe.

Jennifer Robin

“Endangered Language”

An exploration of the language of the Southern Sierra Miwuk people of the Yosemite National Park region and how the preservation and resiliency of language is intrinsically tied to enduring place names, stories, arts and culture of the Miwuk people.

Eric Galan

“Out in the Tules”

What’s more important than water? 200 years ago Tulare Lake, the largest lake in the West, fed the water systems of Central CA. Through the wet past and man-led dry present, explore the effect and potential future of the South Valley’s lost treasure.

The Big Tell 2021

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Mi Elotero | My Corn Man

Mi Elotero | My Corn Man

Kaweah Kweens

Kaweah Kweens

Not Just any Restaurant

Not Just any Restaurant

Stan Bitters: Ceramics Wizard

Stan Bitters: Ceramics Wizard

Hope in a Basket

Hope in a Basket

Little Big Gym

Little Big Gym

Beyond the Basket

Beyond the Basket

The Arts, The Gift that Keeps on Giving

The Arts, The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Mammoths in Madera

Mammoths in Madera

Good Fire

Good Fire

The Big Tell 2020

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Famously Unknown

Famously Unknown

On the Edge

On the Edge

Lemoore, CA: Surfing Capital of the Central Valley

Lemoore, CA: Surfing Capital of the Central Valley

Pintor Diego

Pintor Diego

Our Daily Bread: The Last Panadero

Our Daily Bread: The Last Panadero

#Blackgirlmagic

#Blackgirlmagic

The Steam

The Steam

Liminal

Liminal

BEEware

BEEware

Love in Anxiety

Love in Anxiety

The Big Tell 2019

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Capital G

Capital G

The Spirit of Traditional Dances

The Spirit of Traditional Dances

Family Rx

Family Rx

Mariposa is Music!

Mariposa is Music!

100 Years of Suffrage

100 Years of Suffrage

N.$.D.

N.$.D.

Peacock: Exeter, The Anti-Filipino Riot

Peacock: Exeter, The Anti-Filipino Riot

Professional AND Skater

Professional AND Skater

Remembering Trevor

Remembering Trevor

Story Queens

Story Queens

The Big Tell 2018

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The Oasis in the Sun

The Oasis in the Sun

Field of Murals

Field of Murals

Ichi, Ni, San, SHE! (How to Throw Like a Girl)

Ichi, Ni, San, SHE! (How to Throw Like a Girl)

One Step at a Time

One Step at a Time

Just Stuff

Just Stuff

Needle & Thread

Needle & Thread

SEVA

SEVA

Raisins Made with Love

Raisins Made with Love

Transformation in the Central Valley

Transformation in the Central Valley

Preying on Innocents

Preying on Innocents

The Big Tell 2017

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On the Banks of El Canal

On the Banks of El Canal

Road to Hope

Road to Hope

Joaquin Murrieta: Tradition and Culture

Joaquin Murrieta: Tradition and Culture

The Promise

The Promise

Forgotten Veterans of the Vietnam War Guerilla Units

Forgotten Veterans of the Vietnam War Guerilla Units

The Blessing and the Curse

The Blessing and the Curse

Literacy Empowers

Literacy Empowers

59 Days of Code

59 Days of Code

Unbound

Unbound

A Library for London

A Library for London