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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.

When a sudden and mysterious fire wipes out the Hill Stable-- the last public horse stable in South Central, Los Angeles--a culture of urban cowboys come under threat.  This western-documentary follows the life and struggles of three inner-city cowboys and the line they must walk between the gang-filled streets of LA and the path of an American Black cowboy.

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  • Brett FallentineDirector / Producer Read Bio
  • Jimmy GreenwayProducer Read Bio
  • Sean-Michael SmithProducer Read Bio
  • Baron DavisExecutive Producer Read Bio
  • Hayley PappasCo-Executive Producer Read Bio
  • Bradley StonesiferDirector of Photography Read Bio
  • Jason Rosenfield, ACEEditor Read Bio
  • Corey Allen JacksonComposer Read Bio
  • Jenna CedicciProducer Read Bio
  • Steven AmatoProducer Read Bio
  • Philip AlberstatExecutive Producer Read Bio
  • Bryn MooserExecutive Producer Read Bio
  • Matt IppolitoCo-Executive Producer Read Bio
  • Chase KenneyEditor Read Bio
  • Wyatt RogowskiEditor Read Bio
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This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.