American Homeboy is a documentary film directed by Brandon Loran Maxwell that explores the complex origins of pachuco and cholo culture which sprouted from American soil more than 100 years ago in response to wartime sentiment, social alienation, and government discrimination only to become a pop culture phenomenon.
The film draws from rare interviews shot on 5k with leading Mexican American historians, academics, artists, activists, cholos, and former law enforcement officers against a backdrop of 50 hours of restored archival footage.
Estevan Oriol (Netflix’s L.A. Originals), Luis J. Rodriguez (Always Running), Charley Trujillo (PBS’s Soldados In Vietnam), David “Compton” Oropeza (Tattoo Nation), John Ulloa (Low Creations C.C.), Eduardo Obregón Pagán (Murder at the Sleepy Lagoon), James Diego Vigil (From Indians To Chicanos), Denise Sandoval (The Art Of Riding Low), Kenneth Castillo (Counterpunch), Richard Valdemar (Gangland), Sandy Avila (Lady Lowriders C.C.), Chuco Moreno (Viceland), Jose Valle (Raza del Soul), Jose “Barrio Archaeologist” Joaquin, Jerry Ramirez (This Fool), and more.