The Big Tell Showcase

The Big Tell Showcase is Saturday, November 27!

The Big Tell is a grant program for local filmmakers organized by the Central Valley Community Foundation. For the last several months, nine filmmakers have been working on documentaries that highlight the voices and experiences of the Central Valley. Now, we get to hear from them and see their masterpieces!

Watch live on Saturday, November 27, at 8 p.m. on CMAC 1, on our Facebook page, and our YouTube channel. You can also watch over-the-air thanks to our friends at KSEE24. This year’s presenting sponsor is the James B. McClatchy Foundation. All nine documentaries will be screened along with interviews with the filmmakers.

Learn more about The Big Tell at the Central Valley Community Foundation website.

Features documentaries include:

The Arts, The Gift That Keeps on Giving | Jeremy Miller

Local legend Deborah McCoy shares what fuels her passion for dance, the role it has served in her life and how she uses her talent to serve others.

Good Fire | Erica Tom

For thousands of years the North Fork Mono Tribe has used fire to restore Central Valley land. A look at this practice amidst a time of drought, megafires, and climate change.

Hope in a Basket | Chad Saecheo

Asian strawberry farmers in Visalia share the roots of their business and what it takes to own one of the busiest strawberry stands in town.

Kaweah Kweens | Zach Green Films

From the foothills to Capitol Hill—middle school girls help pass national legislation combating climate change.

Little Big Gym | Rigoberto Moran

A small gym in Farmersville is a free outlet for kids to play and learn—and a source of inspiration for the community.

Mammoths in Madera?! | Eddie Garcia

A paleontologist uncovers Madera’s Ice Age history after an intact mammoth tusk led to the discovery of a trove of fossils in a Madera landfill.

Mi Elotero (My Corn Man) | Carolina De La Torre

Community support is imperative as Latino street vendors face a rise in violence against them.

Not Just any Restaurant | Matt Mealer

A mother and daughter draw on 130 years of Central Valley heritage as they breathe new life into an iconic Basque restaurant in Los Banos.

Beyond the Basket | Jennifer Robin

A look at the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation’s traditional basket making and medicine gathering. Elder basket weavers share why cultivating medicine is important to the tribe.

Stan Bitters: Ceramics Wizard | Ed Goto

A documentary focusing on the impact this local internationally-known ceramics artist had on the 1960’s Organic Modernist Craft Movement.

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