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The Reporter

Based on incredible real events.

The film takes place in 1968's Mexico telling the story of Alejandro, a young journalist who witness the Tlatelolco massacre where the Mexican government killed thousands of innocent people during a peaceful protest. After the massacre, the government managed to sweep everything under the rug, buying off or killing anyone that spoke out about the massacre. Alejandro however, is on the run towards the U.S. as the Mexican government is trying to hunt him down, and kill him.

  • Jorge Villarreal Jr.
    Director
    Heavenly Jelly, Eric Loya and The Super Orgasmic Panty Dropping Guitar
  • Jorge Villarreal Jr.
    Writer
    Heavenly Jelly, Eric Loya and The Super Orgasmic Panty Dropping Guitar
  • Jorge Villarreal Jr.
    Producer
    Heavenly Jelly, Eric Loya and The Super Orgasmic Pantty Dropping Guitar
  • Aramara Ortiz
    Producer
  • Hisham Hajir
    Producer
  • Alex Kuran
    Key Cast
    "Alejandro"
  • Ivan Reyes Aguayo
    Key Cast
    "Ivan"
  • Miguel Omar Valadez
    Key Cast
    "Mexican Agent"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    El Reportero
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Historical
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 16, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Mexico
  • Country of Filming:
    Mexico
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Jorge Villarreal Jr.

My name is Jorge Villarreal Jr. I currently work as a freelance editor and cinematographer. Most of I’ve edited three indie feature films, a documentary series for PBS, and lots of narrative short films. Next to some work as a director for various narrative shorts.

My love for film goes way back since I was around four years of age, literally since I have use of reason. Ever since I was exposed to movies like Jurassic Park, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones, to then later on discovered the works of Kubrick and Jorodosky, I’ve loved cinema my whole life. Since then, I’ve found a deep passion for film as a way to tell stories that could change the world, that could make the world feel, and that could make the world think. My goal as a filmmaker has always been to leave a positive impact in this world, and that my work would live longer than me in this world.

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Director Statement

“El Reportero” is probably the first film I’ve ever made created with the purpose of telling the world a deeply important story. It tells an almost forgotten story about the horrible things that happened in my country way back in the 60’s, and how justice never came. It tells a story of persecution, fear, and how “the truth” can sometimes be meaningless.
It is crazy for me how journalist persecution has been a thing since inmemorable times. Watching this film it would be easy to think that this kind of thing is in the past, but you just have to look around to see that that's not the case. This film works as a cautionary tell, reminding us of the mistakes of the past, and how similar our mistakes look in comparison.