JoDa’s Bio

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JoDa Hodge

JoDa was born on Vermont’s Bean Hollow Commune in the shadow of the abandoned Concord Air Force Base to a teacher and a carpenter. This off-the-grid community inspired Departed Harvest. JoDa quit his job as a cameraman and producer for WCAX-TV News in Burlington, Vermont, bought a Harley from a funeral home director and headed to San Francisco to track down the Beatnik ghosts. After riding solo cross-country on his Harley, JoDa published Freedom Road, a travel memoir about the broken American Dream. Over the next six years, JoDa wrote 13 one-hour episodes of the dark comedy Departed Harvest, winning the 2011 American International and the 2011 Rhode Island Film Festival Screenplay Competitions. JoDa formed a production company dedicated to the creation of high caliber, tightly-scripted features and television shows that preserve the writer’s original vision. In 2005 the company produced JoDa’s first feature film, The Spread Eagles. He then shot the poetry documentary, Roaming the Big Top of American Poetry, gleaning poetic mentorship from New Hampshire Poet Laureates Donald Hall and Maxine Kumin; Pulitzer-winning Galway Kinnell; the New Jersey Poet Laureate Gerald Stern; and Poetry Professors Thomas Lux and Chard deNiord. In 2014, JoDa shot the Departed Harvest proof of concept film at Luis Guzman’s house after a successful Kickstarter campaign. JoDa also began editing Criminal Thinking—2 novels, 7 books of poetry and 22 ½ hour teleplays based on his 120 days served with convicts. JoDa has also been a producer for Kingdom County Productions, a celebrity cinematographer and is the author of 17 published books. JoDa has partnered with the gang from Down East Dickering, as seen on the History Channel, to create a new film and television series about backwoods Robin Hoods (TheHarvesters.TV), in addition to Vermonter.TV and Green Mountain magic with Heady Topper Beer. JoDa is currently a photojournalist for a Vermont newspaper and is shooting a sustainability documentary about permaculture, aquaculture, alternative energy, alternative HVAC systems, hempcrete and organic farming practices.

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