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Blind ambition, luscious mustaches, and girthful tamales. Join CHINGO BLING & DESMADRE in making Season 2 of the hilarious web series.
Blind ambition, luscious mustaches, and girthful tamales. Join CHINGO BLING & DESMADRE in making Season 2 of the hilarious web series.
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MASA & THE POWER: The Rise & Fall of the Tamale Kingpin

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WE'RE A SUNDANCE AND KICKSTARTER STAFF PICK!

LAST FEW HOURS, HELP US BRING IT HOME --->

MOST SHOWS SUCK. MASA & THE POWER DOES NOT.

MASA & THE POWER is the show WE wanted to watch. Funny, edgy, smart, and full of pendejadas. We wanted something cinematic. We wanted something from the streets. We wanted something EPIC. Most importantly, queriamos TAMALES, guey.

Talking about this lack of quality tamale-filled shows on TV and online, we realized there was only one way we'd get to watch this show: WE HAD TO MAKE IT OURSELVES.

So we put our own time, money and creative energy into creating MASA & THE POWER SEASON 1, centering on a Felipe Fernando Fernandez (aka CHINGO BLING), who arrives from Mexico to the U.S. in 1972 and establishes an illicit tamale empire.

Watch SEASON 1 here and the trailer below.

So what happened? People loved it — un chingo! Almost 200K views built on five short episodes. A growing community of 30,000 followers on social media. All in four short months. POR FAVOR BELIEVE IT.

But YOU already know this, because you've probably already seen it, love it and want more. Well, we want to make more. BUT WE NEED YOU TO JOIN THE TEAM to help make SEASON 2.

Gueyne Wade, Felipe Fernando Fernandez, and Juan Hierbas
Gueyne Wade, Felipe Fernando Fernandez, and Juan Hierbas

EIGHT AMAZING NEW EPISODES for SEASON 2.

It's pretty simple. You want Season 2, and we need some cash money to make it. We want to keep it trill and as wild as possible. That means we need independence. That means we need YOU and not some corporate overlords telling us what's right and wrong, cool or not cool.  We want this to be YOUR show — the show you want and deserve.

So we are being VERY LEAN and keeping costs to a bare minimum. But some expenses are inevitable, and your money will cover a 10-day shoot plus post-production and editing:

  • Travel/hotel for actors/crew (Southwest & Motel 6 all the way, baby).
  • Food for the shoot (feeding 10 people for 10 days, 3 meals a day, really adds up). Sorry, we don't accept food stamps.
  • Equipment rentals (small expense — we mostly use our own gear).
  • Gas & transportation for the shoot (we can't walk everywhere).
  • Small stipends for our actors (so annoying).
  • Small stipends for our small crew to work on this show 4-6 months, full-time (beaners gotta eat).

We also have some amazing chingaderas (rewards!) for you —

As a TEAM MEMBER, you'll get dope rewards. All of these items are LIMITED EDITION. If you don't get them now, you never will.

And if we don't reach our goal by our Kickstarter deadline, we get nothing. So we need you to PITCH IN and SPREAD THE WORD. Tell all your homies how great this show is. If you don't help a team of independent artists bring you the shows you want, nobody else will. Tell everyone MASA & THE POWER is the shit, that you are badass for helping out, and that they, too, will be baadaaaass if they join the team.

Creator & Showrunner JESUS BELTRAN  has been making films for over eight years. He's had projects at Sundance, SXSW, Dallas IFF and over thirty film festivals worldwide. He's a first-generation Mexican-American whose parents came from the states of Morelos & Guerrero in the early 70's. He graduated from Stanford and studied Mechanical Engineering. He loves nachos. Basically, he's just a dude who wants to watch a show set in the 1970's about an illicit tamale dealer — so that's what he made.

Star & Producer CHINGO BLING needs no introduction. He plays our lead character FELIPE FERNANDO FERNANDEZ. He's a rapper, actor, comedian, clothing designer, Tupperware salesman and ladies man. He has over 850,000 social media followers (AND THAT'S NO TYPO). Chingo is a hustler, and he's all about keeping it independent for creative control.

Co-star & Writer SAMUEL MARTINEZ is a gangsta in disguise. He can shoot, edit, write, and much to the surprise of our team, this chameleon can act. As JUAN HIERBAS, Felipe's sidekick, he's harvested the most primo blue corn on the planet, smoked countless fake doobs for the cause, and even lost his virginity to Mother Earth — the hottest MILF of them all.

Co-star JERRY McDANIEL is our token white guy and plays GUEYNE WADE, Felipe's trusted lieutenant. Jerry was the lead in a Sundance feature film a couple years back and also plays forty-seven musical instruments. He's pretty much the coolest white dude we could find.

Executive Producer AMY LO has produced everything from Hollywood 3D movies to Nicaraguan documentaries to maxi pad "branded entertainment." She's been a speaker at SXSW and awarded fellowships from the Sundance Institute and Film Independent. Amy has a dual degree from Stanford and habla Español, so no digas ningunas pendejadas around her thinking she won't get it.

Writer & Editor JP JEANNE hails from the sweltering sands of the Hopi Reservation. JP is our HNIC (Head Native in Charge), keeping everything from writing to post-production on track, and also overseeing all things spiritual — vision quests, sweat lodges, beer and burrito runs, etc. He has an English degree from Stanford and an unhealthy film obsession.

Social Media Strategist & Artist ISABEL ANN CASTRO grew up in San Antonio, TX among the nopales and hoodrats. She got a degree from Texas State in Communication Design but likes to utilize her voice as an ambicultural millenial on social media to raise hell and describe the quality of her breakfast tacos. She makes sure people watch and share our episodes. (Oh wait, you thought we were just gonna make stuff and not make sure people saw it?)

Costume Designer Tiffany Gush, the Queen of EMPIRE VINTAGE CLOTHING, is obsessed with all things retro. A professional costume and vintage fashion stylist for over ten years, she enjoys beehive hairstyles, pit bull dog walking and unicorn t-shirts.

Risks and challenges

We are shooting in the SF Bay Area, so there is a small chance of a massive earthquake during our shoot. We could fall into a crack in the Earth, in which case you would not get Season 2, but you'd read about us in the news, and we'd probably be filming, so you'd get some rad earthquake footage.

But seriously, the only risk here is that your head might explode from the show being so funny. We're a seasoned team of filmmakers and actors with direct distribution to you, and we've built a scrappy but reasonable budget based on this Kickstarter campaign, so if we make our goal, you'll get your Season 2.

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    ONE HIT OF MASA ROCK: You are awesome, thanks for your five bucks. EXCLUSIVE ACCESS to the ridiculous LOST EPISODE of SEASON 1 is yours (for our faithful masa-addicted Kickstarter homies ONLY, unavailable to the public). You also get TOP SECRET ACCESS to the Felipe Fernando Fernandez 1% CLUB — WWW.FFFONEPERCENT.COM

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    STREET DEALER: You like the masa so much, you're slanging it now, and have Juan Hierbas, Gueyne and Felipe Fernando Fernandez on speed dial. Do your job right with Official MP3 SOUNDTRACK & VOICEMAIL RECORDINGS featuring the most ruthless tamale crew in town. (You also get access to the Lost Episode and the FFF 1% CLUB).

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    THE CHINGO SPECIAL: A personal shoutout to YOU from CHINGO BLING via Facebook video and an AUTOGRAPHED thank you POSTCARD from CHINGO BLING so you can show your stupid friends who don't use the internet.

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    UNDERCOVER BALLER: Rock the OFFICIAL JUAN “HIERBAS HORTICULTURA" TRUCKER CAP or the "MASA & THE POWER" CAP (your choice) and deal the masa to the rich as you do their lawns in style. You also get all of the above. Why? Because you earned it, compa. (Tell us which one you want when you select!)

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    OFFICIAL CREW MEMBER: Get THE Limited Edition CREW T-SHIRT, in addition to the dope Juan Hierbas or FFF Farms trucker hat, designed by artist Isabel Ann Castro. You’ll probably get laid if you wear this shirt around other cool people, plus you also get all the digital items above. We'll ask you what size after the campaign is successful!

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    PURO DESMADRE KIT: There’s no shame in your game at this level, and you may as well live it up and enjoy. You get the Official DESMADRE BOTTLE OPENER and SET OF FOUR Masa & The Power DRINK COASTERS. You also get the CREW T-shirt, trucker hat and all of the digital items above (except limited items).

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    HIGH ROLLER: What else do you need to show how far you've come besides an OFFICIAL Masa & The Power DECK of PLAYING CARDS. You ALSO get YOUR OWN CUSTOM CREDIT in an Episode of Season 2. Some suggestions include "TAMALE FLUFFER," "JUAN HIERBAS'S BLUNT ROLLER," "GUEYNE'S TRANSLATOR," "FELIPE'S MUSTACHE GROOMER," etc. Tell us your ideas and we'll work it out. You also get the T-shirt, hat, and all of the above (except limited items).

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    HIGH DEFINITION: It’s how you live, and you get a BLU-RAY copy of MASA & THE POWER Seasons 1 & 2 autographed by Felipe Fernando Fernandez (CHINGO BLING), Juan Hierbas & Gueyne. You also get the T-shirt, hat, Puro Desmadre Kit, deck of cards, all of the above (except limited items).

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    BLINDING GLORY: You’ve made it this far in the game and got to stay incognito with an authentic PROP from the MASA & THE POWER web series – with THE SUNGLASSES WORN by FELIPE FERNANDO FERNANDEZ, JUAN HIERBAS, or GUEYNE WADE. Tell us which ones you want, first come, first serve – we have three pairs from each character’s Season 1 wardrobe department. You also get the T-shirt, hat, Puro Desmadre Kit, deck of cards, all of the above (except for limited items).

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    CHINGO BLING’S BLING: Chingo rocks a stunning pulsera (bracelet, pendejo) made of the most precious Aztec metals. You can have yours too – a HEAVYWEIGHT MEN'S OR WOMEN'S BRACELET made of PURE .925 SILVER by the finest TAXCO Mexican artisans, engraved with the words MASA POR VIDA. You also get the T-shirt, hat, Puro Desmadre Kit, deck of cards, all of the above (except for limited items).

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    LEADER OF THE PACK: Status typically earned after years of unappreciated grunt work can be yours — go right to the top with a VISIT TO THE SET OF MASA & THE POWER SEASON 2. Eat delicious craft service, take selfies with the stars, comment on amazing shots, and try not to laugh out loud at our hilarious jokes while the cameras are rolling. You also get the T-shirt, hat, Puro Desmadre Kit, deck of cards, all of the above (except limited items). Travel expenses to SF Bay Area not included.

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    AUDITIONS ARE FOR CHUMPS: We will WRITE A CHARACTER FOR YOU (or a person of your choosing), give you some dialogue, dress you in dope 70’s gear, and YOU WILL MAKE AN APPEARANCE in Season 2, alongside Felipe Fernando Fernandez and the rest of the cast. THOUSANDS WILL SEE YOUR RAW TALENT, and we won't even mention who paid who to be on the show. We'll just call it our little secret. You also get the T-shirt, hat, Puro Desmadre Kit, deck of cards, all of the above (except limited items). Travel expenses to the SF Bay Area not included.

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    YOUR LIFE AS ART: You've gotten this far and can afford to capture your beauty for the rest of eternity. THE DESMADRE team will VIDEOTAPE YOUR QUINCEANERA, WEDDING, BAR MITZVAH, MUSIC VIDEO or PROPOSAL (whatever really, we'll figure it out) for no longer than 8 hours, and we'll edit the footage into something we call art. You also get the T-shirt, hat, Puro Desmadre Kit, deck of cards, all of the above (except limited items). Return travel to areas outside the Los Angeles or SF Bay Area not included.

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    COYOTE SERVICES: Illegal in our country, but for this amount of dough, either FELIPE FERNANDO FERNANDEZ aka CHINGO BLING, or JUAN HIERBAS aka SAMUEL MARTINEZ (or even GUEYNE if you want) will personally CROSS THE BORDER WITH YOU or a RELATIVE from Mexico via commercial airline. You will sit next to each other on the flight and share a cold beverage, take a few selfies, and live post all this in social media. Upon landing, a welcome party of Mexican-Americans will greet you with flags, and you’ll be driven directly to a local Taco Bell for a Mexican Pizza party. We'll buy airfare up to $500 per person. You also get the T-shirt, hat, Puro Desmadre Kit, deck of cards, all of the above (except limited items).

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    EL JEFE: Felipe Fernando Fernandez will always be it, but you can join the top dogs with an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT for SEASON 2. Also includes a visit to the set and all of the above (except limited items).

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