Zach Green, Visalia’s newest documentarian
written by Paul Meyers, Sun-Gazette Newspaper
Zach Green, founder and owner of Zach Green Films, has been making promotional videos for business and school districts around Visaila for the last few years. But now he is pointing his camera at locally tragic issues.
This month Green’s short five minute documentary on local law enforcement efforts to thwart sex trafficking in the Valley will premiere at the Tower Fox Theatre in the Fresno Tower District. His partner in shining the light on crime is Visalia Convention Center General Manager Shelly Ellis. She originally inspired Zach’s documentary when she explored the topic in the 2017-2018 Visalia Chamber of Commerce Leadership Visalia class.
“A lot of people think it’s a third world country problem, but we are talking about it here in Tulare County and a lot of organizations are transparent about it and it’s happening everywhere,” Ellis said as a guest with Green during an interview on episode 78 of the Paper Trail Podcast.
“We learned a lot of human trafficking in the leadership session…and that’s when I was introduced to heavy hitters in the Valley and I didn’t know it was happing this much. It was shocking,” Green said.
While this is Green’s first documentary, he has already become a successful videographer as his work with the Visalia Unified School District has earned him notable regard. Work Based learning Coordinator for VUSD Kim Batty says he has been a wealth of knowledge for upcoming students trying to break into media.
“He’s created dozens of videos for the VUSD Linked Learning Academies. His work brings life to the otherwise static career focused academy videos. The videos beautifully highlight what the kids will be doing during the course of the four-year academy as well as what they can expect to do in their respective career of choice,” Batty said.
Drawing emotion from film is what Green has managed to do best, and one project he did for Habitat for Humanity truly sticks out. The project was meant to show what Habitat for Humanity does around the globe for villages, and why it is important that people contribute to their local chapter.
“I think we created a piece that was pretty compelling. I enjoy watching those because it moves something inside me. I’m not setting out to make people cry but I’m setting out to make people feel something,” Green said.