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CULVER CITY– Screening of FIRE ON THE HILL at LA Film Festival
September 22, 2018 @ 5:45 am – 7:00 am
Three Black Cowboys in South Central share their stories following a mysterious fire that burnt down the community’s stables, leaving the fate of the culture in question. More Information Here.
Before it was known for its hip-hop and gangs, South Central L.A. was home to one of the most recognized cowboy communities in the Nation. Yet after decades of urban development and rising street gang activity, this community–that has produced world champions–shrunk to all but a one-block horse stable known as “The Hill.” When a mysterious fire destroys the Hill Stable in 2012, the future of this thriving culture finds itself at the brink of vanishing forever..
The film follows three cowboys in the wake of the fire. Ghuan, seeing the fire as an opportunity to resurrect the stable in his own vision must win over the broken cowboy community and hunt down the Hill’s estranged owner before developers get to it first. Chris, a rising bull rider from Compton, enters into his rookie year of professional rodeo and discovers that the LA streets aren’t so easy to leave behind. And Calvin, having found freedom on the back of a horse, must choose between the cowboy lifestyle and his family when his inner demons come back to haunt him..
Fire on the Hill paints a portrait of the little-known urban cowboy community in South Central LA. Together, these stories of perseverance shine a new light on what it means to be a “cowboy” in our modern world. This genre-bending documentary combines western film style with South Central’s urban landscape to depict Los Angeles like it has never been seen before.
– Drea Clark
FIRE ON THE HILL was supported by California Humanities through a California Documentary Project grant.