THe Cowboys of SOUTH CENTRAL LA

THe Cowboys of SOUTH CENTRAL LA

"It was like a different way of life in the inner city.  You would never know it was there but it was right there." - Calvin

Fire On the Hill Story

Five miles south of downtown Los Angeles is a place that was, until recent years, known as the murder capital of the world. For most, South Central LA is synonymous with gang violence, drug trafficking, and high amounts of crime. Yet for much of the twentieth century South Central LA was an agricultural boomtown filled with ranchers, farmers, and equestrians alike. Since the city’s establishment, Compton and the surrounding neighborhoods have always had a culture of Black Cowboys. Once common to the dusty dirt roads, this culture has all but disappeared now in a wash of land-hungry developers, apathetic politicians, and relentless gang activity.  FIRE ON THE HILL tells the story of one of the last strongholds that the Cowboys have; a horse stable known as the Hill that was mysteriously set on fire in 2012.  This is the story of three of those Cowboys and their fight to live out their vision of the West.

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After receiving a film degree from UC Berkeley, Brett began working in feature narrative films as an apprentice and assistant editor on STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE SITH and AVATAR. He then went on to receive an MFA from USC’s school of Cinematic Arts where he received scholarships and several directing awards. Brett was signed to GOOD Worldwide, where he directed over 27 short documentaries films about subjects as varied as Richard Branson and President Barack Obama for brands such as Pepsi, Google, Microsoft, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  These projects spurred his transition into documentary filmmaking and fueled his passion to tell authentic, human stories in a cinematic narrative way. When Brett met the Compton cowboys in 2011, he knew he had to tell their story. Their unique personas and how they viewed the landscape around them was so different than the public’s perception of that area, that he felt compelled to bring that to life.

Brett Fallentine

Director / Producer

Originally from Chicago, IL, Jenna Cedicci moved to Los Angeles to pursue her life-long passion for filmmaking. After graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography with a BA in film, and an emphasis on producing, she moved back to Los Angeles and began producing short films for AFI and USC students. A year out of college, she developed and produced her first feature film, Stacy’s Mom, and successfully saw it through distribution, focusing on a newer platform at the time: VOD and streaming. Throughout the years, she has produced over 75 commercials for broadcast and web, with a particular passion for documentary-style commercials for clients like Google, YouTube and Royal Purple Motor Oil. Since Stacy’s Mom, Jenna went on to line produce the Sundance Lab film, MOSQUITA Y MARI, as well as the foreign action film entitled 513 DEGREES.

JENNA CEDICCI

Producer

I got my start in the world of music videos and was really fortunate to work with over 100 acts including U2, Bruce Springsteen, Babyface, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Van Halen, and John Lee Hooker, and directors David Fincher and Michael Bay. That was like going to the best film school and I came out of it ready to go after my dream of making movies. The first was “Who Killed The Idea?” starring Harvey Keitel. Then came “Art & Copy”, directed by Doug Pray, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Cultural Programming. Next was the Cannes award-winning film “Freedom To Choose”, which documented a therapeutic psychology workshop at a women’s prison in central California. I am currently Executive Producer at Enso Collaborative and have had a great time collaborating with director Brett Fallentine on multiple projects for Google and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

JIMMY GREENWAY

Co-Producer

As the CEO/Chief Content Officer of Contend, Amato is known as an innovator in the world of marketing and entertainment. Amato, previously, was the President/CCO of Omelet, an award winning agency that he co-founded in 2004, and also formerly served as a Creative Leader at TBWA\Chiat\Day. He has worked with notable clients such as Bud Light, Microsoft, Tribune, Walmart, AT&T, PlayStation, Lexus, Facebook, Samsung and Harley-Davidson. An innovative storyteller and thought leader, Amato has consulted with the White House, is a frequent speaker and moderator at numerous conferences and is a writer and producer of original long and short form content.

STEVEN AMATO

Co-Producer

Bradley Stonesifer was raised in a small agrarian town in central Maryland. Growing up as one of four children, he spent his school days immersed in athletics and art. Graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography, Summa Cum Laude, his tireless hands-on approach to camera and lighting laid the groundwork for his generous work ethic. His Favorite kind of project is the one that is presented with a world of inconceivable challenges, always seeing the beauty in the process. Film premiering at some of the major festivals around the world include: “Call Me Lucky,” Sundance Film Festival 2015; “Me + Her,” Sundance Film Festival 2014; “Hit & Run,” opened to over 2,800 theaters, 2012; “God Bless America,” Toronto Film Festival and SXSW 2011-2012;“Spork” at Tribeca Film Festival 2010; “Almost Kings” Los Angeles Film Festival 2010; and “The Vicious Kind,” Sundance Film Festival 2009.

BRADLEY STONESIFER

Director of Photography

With a background in journalism and a passion for unique and organic storytelling, Chase moved to Los Angeles to attend USC's School of Cinematic Arts' prestigious MFA program. Since then, his talent and drive have helped facilitate several notable projects including the award­ winning Holocaust film, Wolves in the Woods, which premiered at over twenty festivals worldwide; Almost Kings, which won the 2009 Netflix FIND Your Voice Film competition; and Burn, an award ­winning documentary which premiered at over 300 theaters nationwide and won the audience award at the TriBeCa Film Festival. In addition to successful documentary features, Chase has worked on projects for TNT, NBC, and NFL television networks.

CHASE KENNEY

Editor

Filmmakers

Brett Fallentine

Director / Producer

After receiving a film degree from UC Berkeley, Brett began working in feature narrative films as an apprentice and assistant editor on STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE SITH and AVATAR. He then went on to receive an MFA from USC’s school of Cinematic Arts where he received scholarships and several directing awards. Brett was signed to GOOD Worldwide, where he directed over 27 short documentaries films about subjects as varied as Richard Branson and President Barack Obama for brands such as Pepsi, Google, Microsoft, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  These projects spurred his transition into documentary filmmaking and fueled his passion to tell authentic, human stories in a cinematic narrative way. When Brett met the Compton cowboys in 2011, he knew he had to tell their story. Their unique personas and how they viewed the landscape around them was so different than the public’s perception of that area, that he felt compelled to bring that to life.

Jenna Cedicci

Producer

Originally from Chicago, IL, Jenna Cedicci moved to Los Angeles to pursue her life-long passion for filmmaking. After graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography with a BA in film, and an emphasis on producing, she moved back to Los Angeles and began producing short films for AFI and USC students. A year out of college, she developed and produced her first feature film, Stacy’s Mom, and successfully saw it through distribution, focusing on a newer platform at the time: VOD and streaming. Throughout the years, she has produced over 75 commercials for broadcast and web, with a particular passion for documentary-style commercials for clients like Google, YouTube and Royal Purple Motor Oil. Since Stacy’s Mom, Jenna went on to line produce the Sundance Lab film, MOSQUITA Y MARI, as well as the foreign action film entitled 513 DEGREES.

JIMMY GREENWAY

Co-Producer

I got my start in the world of music videos and was really fortunate to work with over 100 acts including U2, Bruce Springsteen, Babyface, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Van Halen, and John Lee Hooker, and directors David Fincher and Michael Bay. That was like going to the best film school and I came out of it ready to go after my dream of making movies. The first was “Who Killed The Idea?” starring Harvey Keitel. Then came “Art & Copy”, directed by Doug Pray, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Cultural Programming. Next was the Cannes award-winning film “Freedom To Choose”, which documented a therapeutic psychology workshop at a women’s prison in central California. I am currently Executive Producer at Enso Collaborative and have had a great time collaborating with director Brett Fallentine on multiple projects for Google and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

STEVEN AMATO

Co-Producer

As the CEO/Chief Content Officer of Contend, Amato is known as an innovator in the world of marketing and entertainment. Amato, previously, was the President/CCO of Omelet, an award winning agency that he co-founded in 2004, and also formerly served as a Creative Leader at TBWA\Chiat\Day. He has worked with notable clients such as Bud Light, Microsoft, Tribune, Walmart, AT&T, PlayStation, Lexus, Facebook, Samsung and Harley-Davidson. An innovative storyteller and thought leader, Amato has consulted with the White House, is a frequent speaker and moderator at numerous conferences and is a writer and producer of original long and short form content.

BRADLEY STONESIFER

Director of Photography

Bradley Stonesifer was raised in a small agrarian town in central Maryland. Growing up as one of four children, he spent his school days immersed in athletics and art. Graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography, Summa Cum Laude, his tireless hands-on approach to camera and lighting laid the groundwork for his generous work ethic. His Favorite kind of project is the one that is presented with a world of inconceivable challenges, always seeing the beauty in the process. Film premiering at some of the major festivals around the world include: “Call Me Lucky,” Sundance Film Festival 2015; “Me + Her,” Sundance Film Festival 2014; “Hit & Run,” opened to over 2,800 theaters, 2012; “God Bless America,” Toronto Film Festival and SXSW 2011-2012;“Spork” at Tribeca Film Festival 2010; “Almost Kings” Los Angeles Film Festival 2010; and “The Vicious Kind,” Sundance Film Festival 2009.

CHASE KENNEY

Editor

With a background in journalism and a passion for unique and organic storytelling, Chase moved to Los Angeles to attend USC's School of Cinematic Arts' prestigious MFA program. Since then, his talent and drive have helped facilitate several notable projects including the award­ winning Holocaust film, Wolves in the Woods, which premiered at over twenty festivals worldwide; Almost Kings, which won the 2009 Netflix FIND Your Voice Film competition; and Burn, an award ­winning documentary which premiered at over 300 theaters nationwide and won the audience award at the TriBeCa Film Festival. In addition to successful documentary features, Chase has worked on projects for TNT, NBC, and NFL television networks.

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