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Mexico's most engaging artists and organizers, interviewed by a Texas oilman who makes a fool of himself and uplifts his guests.
Mexico's most engaging artists and organizers, interviewed by a Texas oilman who makes a fool of himself and uplifts his guests.
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An obnoxious Texan oilman sits on a cannon at the site of Mexico's tragic defeat at the hands of invading U.S. forces in 1847, contemplating a run to become "Mexico's first Gringo President." Not long after, a handful of Mexico City rock and roll fans chase Joe, who trips up and hits his head on his own cannon. Joe T. Hodo takes hilarious aim at the bullies who have dominated recent Mexican history. At the end, ordinary people always stand up and win.

"El Joe T. Hodo Show" has entertained and informed hundreds of thousands of people in Mexico and the United States. We've produced four videos so far and are dying to complete Season One...but we need your support to be able to do it!

For over a decade, Filmmaker and Greg Berger and his colleagues at The School of Authentic Journalism and Narco News TV have teamed up with grassroots community leaders to make short comedic newsreels. Berger has created and dispatched multiple characters to pueblos and neighborhoods, working together with the people of those communities to make jokes that highlight and uplift the struggles of everyday Mexican people. But none have these characters have made as much as an impact as Joe T. Hodo.

In 2013, Mexico was about to change its Federal energy laws. What few people realized was that the new laws were being designed for the specific purpose of importing the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to extract untapped reserves of shale gas and oil. The story was absent from the media. Berger and the NNTV team were confident that if Mexicans knew what fracking was, there was a chance that people in the communities affected by the practice could organize and stop it.

Millions of Mexicans were about to be screwed over...which gave Greg an idea for a new character! He created the fictitious Texan oilman "Joe T. Hodo," which when said in Spanish literally means "I am screwing you over." The NNTV team took to the streets where Joe horrified everyone he encountered, injecting fracking chemicals into traditional Mexican food, and inviting children to break piñatas filled with fracking fluid instead of candy. The only person not horrified by Joe was a Federal congressman sponsoring pro-fracking legislation, who invited Joe inside his offices for a photo op.

The film, "Frack U. Mexico," went viral, with over one million combined views on Youtube and Facebook. Within days of the videos release, Mexican media finally started to cover fracking and explain what it was. An anti-fracking movement sprung up throughout Northern Mexico, and traveled from town to town using the film as an organizing tool. To date, more than thirty communities have declared themselves no-fracking zones, and their residents continue to despise Joe T. Hodo and credit his arrogance as part of the reason they started to organize.

"Frack U. Mexico" showed millions of Mexicans the dangers of fracking.
"Frack U. Mexico" showed millions of Mexicans the dangers of fracking.

 

But Joe T. Hodo has his sights on more than just Mexico's shale gas.

Nearly a year ago Joe received an invitation from the CRAC-PC, a grassroots indigenous community policing movement that works independently to make rural communities safe in Mexico's Guerrero State, an area hard hit by crime and Drug War related violence. The CRAC-PC has drastically reduced crime in their expansive territory through community participation and restorative justice. The organization asked Joe to come down and talk with them.

And ¡El Joe T. Hodo Show! was born.

After launching Episode One, which featured Joe's encounter with the CRAC (and which ended with his unexpected "arrest,") , we produced two shorter videos, and Episode Two, just released this week: an exclusive interview with legendary Mexican rock musician and songwriter Paco Barrios, "El Mastuerzo," who has dedicated his talents to support Mexican social movements.

Episode 2 of El Joe T. Hodo Show Premiered This Week
Episode 2 of El Joe T. Hodo Show Premiered This Week

 

The idea of the show is simple: Joe interviews notable people from the arts, politics, and from Mexico's many social movements. Joe can't help but look like a fool, which in contrast helps highlight the unique ideas of his guests, who are usually ignored or misrepresented in media.

There is no other Internet based TV series like El Joe T. Hodo Show. The world has many great satirical news shows, hosted by the likes of John Oliver and Samantha Bee in the United States, to Egypt's Bassem Youssef and Mexico's own Chumel Torres. But El Joe T. Hodo Show is the only satirical news show that enlists outrageous political comedy specifically to inspire and enable community organizing.

We've come as far as we have thanks to the amazing genersity of the NNTV crew, graduates of The School of Authentic Journalism, and others, all of whom have volunteered their time and talent to make our show happe, including Production Coordinators Antonio Hernández and Belen Luckie, musician and performer Aldo Jiménez Tabone, graphic artists Augusto Mora and Cinthia Galan, writers Memo Cruz, Jonny Mendoza, and Ave Jaramillo, and Executive Producer Al Giordano, who founded both Narco News and The School of Authentic Journalism, and who continues to be Berger's most intimate collaborator.

But despite this amazing volunteer effort, there is no getting around the material costs of producing each episode. We need your help to produce the next two episodes of El Joe T.Hodo Show plus a series of bonus short videos.

Each episode costs roughly $4000 to produce, and we have no source of funding other than what our viewers contribute. Your contribution will cover the costs of equipment, materials, transportation, online distribution, and very modest compensation for the show's most dedicated collaborators.

Who will our next guests be? That's a carefully guarded secret. Join us and see!

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Un odioso petrolero de Texas se sienta sobre un cañón en el sitio de la trágica derrota de México a manos de las fuerzas invasoras de EEUU en 1847, contemplando una carrera para convertirse en el “Primer Presidente Gringo de México.” No mucho tiempo después, un puñado de fanáticos del rock and roll de la Ciudad de México corren a Joe, quien termina tropezando y golpeándose la cabeza con su propio cañón. Joe T. Hodo apunta de forma hilarante a los matones que han dominado la historia reciente de México. Al final, las personas comunes siempre se levantan y ganan.

"El Joe T. Hodo Show" ha entretenido e informado a cientos y miles de personas en México y los Estados Unidos. Hemos producido cuatro videos hasta ahora y nos morimos por completar la Primera Temporada… ¡pero necesitamos tu apoyo para hacerlo!

Desde hace más de una década, el cineasta Greg Berger y sus colegas en la Escuela de Periodismo Auténtico y Narco News TV se han asociado con líderes de comunidades populares para realizar cortos noticieros cómicos. Berger ha creado y despachado múltiples personajes a pueblos y barrios, trabajando junto con las personas de esas comunidades para hacer chistes que pongan de relieve y enaltezcan las luchas de la gente común de México. Pero ninguno de estos personajes ha causado tanto impacto como Joe T. Hodo.

En 2013, México estaba por cambiar sus leyes federales de energía. Lo que pocos advirtieron fue que las nuevas leyes estaban siendo diseñadas con el propósito específico de importar la práctica de fractura hidráulica, o fracking, para extraer reservas inexplotadas de petróleo y gas de esquisto. La historia estaba ausente de los medios de comunicación. Berger y el equipo de NNTV confiaban en que, si los mexicanos sabían lo que era el fracking, había una posibilidad de que las personas en las comunidades afectadas por la práctica se organizaran para detenerlo.

Millones de mexicanos estaban a punto de ser estafados… ¡lo que le dio a Greg una idea para un nuevo personaje! Creó al ficticio petrolero tejano, "Joe T. Hodo," cuya pronunciación suena como “yo te jodo” en español. El equipo de NNTV salió a las calles donde Joe horrorizó a quien se cruzara, inyectando químicos del fracking en la comida mexicana, e invitando a los niños a romper piñatas llenas de líquido de fracking en lugar de dulces. La única persona que no se vio horrorizada por Joe fue un congresista federal que patrocinaba la legislación pro-fracking, y que invitó a Joe a sus oficinas para una foto protocolar.

La película “Frack U. México” se hizo viral, con más de un millón de vistas entre YouTube y Facebook. Unos días después del lanzamiento de los videos, los medios mexicanos finalmente comenzaron a cubrir el tema del fracking y a explicar lo que era. Un movimiento anti-fracking surgió en todo el norte de México, y recorrió ciudad por ciudad utilizando la película como herramienta organizativa. A la fecha, más de treinta comunidades se han declarado como zonas libres de fracking, y sus habitantes siguen despreciando a Joe T. Hodo y acreditan su arrogancia entre las razones por las cuales empezaron a organizarse.

Pero Joe T. Hodo tiene su mirada en más que sólo el gas de esquisto de México.

Hace casi un año, Joe recibió una invitación de la CRAC-PC, un movimiento de policia comunitaria indígena que funciona en forma independiente para garantizar la seguridad de las comunidades rurales en el estado mexicano de Guerrero, una zona duramente afectada por el crimen y la violencia relacionada con la Guerra contra las Drogas. La CRAC-PC ha reducido drásticamente el crimen en su expansivo territorio a través de la participación comunitaria y la justicia restaurativa. La organización le pidió a Joe que fuera y hablara con ellos.

Y así nació ¡El Joe T. Hodo Show!

Tras lanzar el Episodio Uno, que presentó el encuentro entre Joe y la CRAC (y que terminó con su inesperado “arresto,”), produjimos dos videos más cortos, y un Episodio Dos, lanzado esta semana: una entrevista exclusiva con el legendario compositor y músico de rock mexicano, Paco Barrios, “El Mastuerzo,” quien ha dedicado su talento a apoyar los movimientos sociales de México.

La idea del show es sencilla: Joe entrevista personajes destacados de las artes, la política, y de los muchos movimientos sociales de México. Joe no puede evitar parecer un tonto, lo que en contraste ayuda a resaltar las singulares ideas de sus invitados, que usualmente son ignorados o mal interpretados en los medios de comunicación.

No existe otra serie televisiva en internet como El Joe T. Hodo Show. El mundo tiene muchos grandes noticieros satíricos, con presentadores de la talla de John Oliver y Samantha Bee en los Estados Unidos, Bassem Youssef en Egipto y Chumel Torres, propio de México. Pero El Joe T. Hodo Show es el único noticiero satírico que aborda la comedia política indignante específicamente para inspirar y permitir la organización comunitaria.

Hemos llegado hasta donde estamos gracias a la impresionante generosidad del equipo de NNTV, graduados de la Escuela de Periodismo Auténtico, y otros, todos los cuales han ofrecido su tiempo y talento voluntariamente para hacer realidad nuestro show, incluyendo los Coordinadores de Producción Antonio Hernández y Belen Luckie, el músico y performer Aldo Jiménez Tabone, los artistas gráficos Augusto Mora y Cinthia Galán, los escritores Memo Cruz, Jonny Mendoza, y Ave Jaramillo, sonidista Ale Collado, y el Productor Ejecutivo Al Giordano, fundador de Narco News y la Escuela de Periodismo Auténtico, y el colaborador más íntimo de Berger.

Pero a pesar de este increíble esfuerzo voluntario, no hay forma de obviar los costos materiales de la producción de cada episodio. Necesitamos tu ayuda para producir los próximos dos episodios de El Joe T.Hodo Show, más una serie de cortos extras.

La producción de cada episodio cuesta USD $8400, y no tenemos otra fuente de financiamiento más que lo que contribuyen nuestros espectadores. Tu contribución cubrirá los costos de equipamiento, materiales, medios de transporte, distribución online, y una compensación muy modesta para los colaboradores más dedicados del show.

¿Quiénes serán nuestros próximos invitados? Ese es un secreto bien guardado. ¡Únete y entérate!

Risks and challenges

Greg Berger was recently walking down the street in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, to get a bite to eat before a day's work on El Joe T. Hodo Show. He was dressed as Joe. An old woman started following him and yelling at him: "You're that Gringo who wants to take our natural resources!" Greg took off his hat and explained that he was just a character, and that as she might have seen from the show, the message is toorganize fight back. She gave him an extreme look, picked up her pocketbook, and was about to swing when she said..."I know, I was just playing. I love the show!" and she lowered her bag. And if she hadn't? Now, if that's not an occupational risk and challenge...I don't know what is!

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