enso + Preamble Pictures
Unbeknownst to the world, there has been a stronghold of cowboy culture right in the center of Compton since the last century called, “The Hill”. It has been offering the youth of Compton an alternative to gang life and violence, but after an arson fire, it is now under threat of no longer being available to the people of Compton.
The story of the Hill, its amazing history, and the thriving cowboy way of life that still springs from it, seemed to be a powerful storytelling platform to bring attention to the cause of rebuilding The Hill. Together with director, Brett Fallentine, who originally brought us the story of the Hill, enso co-produced a feature length documentary called, “Fire on the Hill” with the intention of using it to gather the resources needed to rebuild the Hill and unite the youth of Compton with the cowboy way. Enso created the first website social awareness campaign, and co-ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the film production.
The final film recently debuted with sold out screenings at the LA Film Festival in September 2018, with an activation campaign underway to gain the public support in building a new equestrian center in the neighborhood of the Compton cowboys. The film is already connecting with the next generation of Compton youth to introduce an alternative to the gang lifestyle with the cowboy way of the Hill.
In the middle of a gritty urban landscape in Southern California, some modern-day cowboys are trying - against great odds - to keep a little bit of the Old West alive. Andrew Hosley gently tightens the bridle on Jade, a chestnut mare. More times than he can count, Jade has given kids in this Compton neighborhood a ride.
"You're going to be a gangbanger or you're going to be a cowboy. Y ou can't be both." Weighed down by stereotypes of gang violence and corruption, the city of Compton, California, can always use a story about the good things that go on there. Currently in production, the documentary "cowboys.
Compton has a rich agricultural history dating back to at least the late 1880s, and it still has farmland today, so it shouldn't be surprising that Compton has cowboys. (But it is.)
Not white rodeo dudes. Not cops in the Mark Fuhrman mold. Rather: black men who gallop on horseback down the paved streets of South Central. Their culture, active since the late 1800s, is about to vanish. But an attempt to save their way of life is underway.
Nearly three years after a structure fire tore through horse stables in a South Los Angeles neighborhood, documentary filmmakers are raising funds to complete a feature-length movie about the sub-culture that's been fighting for survival ever since: The Cowboys of Compton.
Southern California is an industrialized megalopolis, but its agricultural history continues in some unlikely places. One of them is the City of Compton, where a few cowboys still ride their horses - on trails but also through city streets.
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