The Big Tell Showcase

We are proud to premiere The Big Tell Showcase on Friday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. on CMAC 1 (Comcast 93, AT&T 99) and streaming on Facebook, YouTube, Apple TV, Roku, and You can also tune in over-the-air with an antenna thanks to our friends at Valley PBS, channel 18.1.

The Central Valley Community Foundation, in partnership with CMAC, awarded ten grants of $5,000 each to local filmmakers to produce a short documentary depicting an untold story from California’s great Central Valley.

The filmmakers were mentored by Emmy-nominated documentarian Sascha Rice and received access to resources from CMAC to complete their documentaries.

Features documentaries include:

by Jamillah Finley

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.

The Steam
by Matthew Mealer

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.

Famously Unknown
by RaShan McClarty

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

by Jenny Toste

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.

Lemoore, CA: Surfing Capital of the Central Valley
by Michael Price

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

Love in Anxiety
by Jason Duong

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.

On the Edge
by Shira D. Gordon

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.

Our Daily Bread: The Last Panadero
by Adán Ávalos

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

Pintor Diego
by Rigoberto Moran

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.

by Chihiro Wimbush

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.


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