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1850 Los Angeles NEW murder capital of America

THE BRAVADOS! tells the “real” story of the founding of of Los Angeles

Imagine, WOMEN LIKE THESE POWERFUL LATINAS OF TODAY but, in 1850'S LA - the richest women in town - the   "Californias" 

below on the left is a novel "san fernando, california 1959 / and on the right side the TV Series the bravados!

"San Fernando California, 1959" A coming of age novel, a Chicano Latino "Stand by Me"

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It’s 1959, San Fernando, California. 

A coming of age novel about an artistic and sensitive Chicano Latino youth who must unavoidably confront the strict apartheid racism in San Fernando, California in 1959.  

He searches for the reasons and he searches for his identity and finds both.


A novel

by 

Louis Macias

 "San Fernando California, 1959" 


  • A large aspiring Chicano American family with a sensitive and adventurous eleven-year-old boy moves out of a venerable racially tolerant big-city multicultural neighborhood (Lincoln Heights, 1950's style) out to the very dusty outskirts of this fast-growing post Second World War city.  


  • Out to a “mission town” in 1959 and out to where de facto apartheid is being strictly enforced.  Not only that but it is respected and accepted by almost everyone.  To everyone else it seems to be a a fact of life, but instead he is shocked and isolated by his visceral reaction to blatant racism. 


  • When his family moved to this town it was the end of his relatively sophisticated big-city multicultural boyhood thus far.  He had been happy and useful and protected. But now he must move out of the city to a small mission town on the outskirts of the county and out into a life of the strict separation of the races. 


  • Lincoln Height's in the 1950's by contrast is a world filled with people from many countries.  In his big city neighborhood, there were Italian-American, Armenian-American, and representatives of many different American cultures, Southerners, and “Okies” and Asian-Americans Chinese and Japanese as well as mid-westerners, longtime Californians were common and a small number of African-Americans. Many progressives from the Nineteen Thirties still worked with the kids after-school there and all the residents shared a universal feeling of mutual acceptance. 


  • It was part of the unspoken glory of living in Lincoln Heights in the Fifties, Los Angeles’s first neighborhood.


  • But things are different out in the mission town in 1959 where White America sits staunchly on the east side of the railroad tracks and Chicano Latino America on the west. The line dividing the two groups is not a suggestion, it is an unrelenting and irresistible demand that is strictly enforced and soon after he arrives the reality of this new situation is made obvious to him.


  • A series of incidents take place that reveal bald-faced unapologetic racism that sends a shock wave through the sensitive boy. He is stunned. Perhaps, even more so because this de facto apartheid seemingly goes unnoticed or is at least tacitly accepted by almost everyone. 


  • He feels threatened and a need to defend himself against the racist civic structure that suddenly surrounds him. 


  • Almost more important to him is the need for a coherent explanation for the oppressed condition of Chicano's in San Fernando, California in 1959. He must find the reason for this de facto apartheid even exists and he must find that reason as soon as he can. 


  • He sets out to find an explanation and to know why and the story follows his search for the answers. 


  • At San Fernando, Junior High school, he joins a gang and accepts the “Cholo Life” but runs afoul of the Cholo lifestyle and quits it. 


  • He finds work, makes great friends gets in and out of trouble as he bumps up against the new racial hierarchy and society with all it's restrictions and makes his way haltingly forward. 


  • Then in his naivety, he does something that offends the entire community. That is when he learns that his hopes and dreams for the future could be stifled by both sides of the railroad tracks and that he must find a new way of life.


  • He finds his new path to the future at the library and in reading and makes a vow to read a book a week until he has fashioned a new dream to guide his life. 
  • unpublished 


Interested parties may request portions of the complete manuscript below for your perusal. 



"The Bravados!" An episodic TV series. The true story of the founding of Los Angeles. Real history not self-serving myth!

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A TV SERIES


  •  It is 1850, the city of Los Angeles after the conquest of California by the Expansionist Americans is newly incorporated and Los Angeles is the very wildest of the Wild West, it immediately, becomes the murder capital of America.  


  •  A young beautiful fantastically rich “California” (read Latina) widow (whose daughter is the most beautiful girl in California), has 2 innocent sons charged with a murder they did not commit. A racist town stands dead-set against the boys without evidence and their only hope is a young idealistic lawyer from the East whose ideals are about to be tested in the extreme.


  • The series then follows the Bravado Family’s fortunes in subsequent episodes as they defend their incredible wealth and extensive lands from the greed and conniving of the new Yankees in Los Angeles who want to take it all. Highly intelligent Latina women lead the Bravado family and they outsmart the grasping Yankees at every turn. In the process, we see the “real” story of the founding of the city of los Angeles and the Americanization of California and the cultural conflict from a Chicano/Chicana Latino point of view. 
  • A SCENE FROM THE BRAVADOS CAN BE SEEN BY CLICKING THE BRAVADOS! TV SERIES AT TOP OF THIS WEB PAGE

Why me?

MY BACKGROUND

    

An episodic TV series requires a great idea and the talent and creativity to write a great script, but primarily the vision is what is needed.


The creator is required who sees the entire film in their mind before a single frame is shot. I have written that script, conceived that idea and had the talent to do both and you will be the judge if I did well or not. 


So, let’s just say that I covered those bases.


However, in order to write this specific script you must also have the specialized education necessary in order to understand profoundly the Chicano Latino American experience.  That is because without this unique knowledge a typical Hollywood screen writer would never be able to see this material in a new and dynamic way. 


Without the real true unknown history as the basis of your work The Bravados! would be impossible to write. Without a thorough understanding of Chicano Latino history in California whatever you produced would look just like a rehashed mythic western lie completely out of sync with the more informed and now increasingly sophisticated audience.  


Our audience today has a greater understanding of how the creation of the western myth was used to cover the work of colonization and occupation.


I have this special knowledge and insight through years of research at the highest level.


It starts with my personal history as  a Chicano Latino brought up in Lincoln Heights, and San Fernando, California. However, I am also a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Honors Program at the College of Liberal Arts with distinction, University of California, Berkeley. I taught Chicano Studies courses for three years while in Graduate school at Berkeley in the PhD Program of the Department of Political Science.  This was when we were still fighting for it. 


During this time I was a teaching assistant for Dr. Juan Martinez, who was an outstanding  Californian historian and Dean of Graduate Minority Affairs. Dr. Martinez is one of the seminal founders of Chicano Studies as a part of Ethnic Studies in America in general. During that time, I was an authorized researcher allowed to view and read the most exclusive sealed collections in the catacombs of the Bancroft Library in California history.


That is where I started to mine the stories for the real history of California and where they started to fire my imagination. 


However, to understand how to bring shape to this knowledge and unique experience for the screen I did two things.  I studied at the UCLA Screenwriting program with Ron Suppa, the dynamic and fondly missed Senior Instructor of Screenwriting at UCLA.  However, previous to that I was in the graduate program of Dramatic Arts at Berkeley where I won the best new actor of the year while mentored by Dr. Bill Oliver, Director, an international educator in America and Latin America with whom I studied the relation between drama and politics and the structure of drama and of comedy.  He was known for developing directors and writers both in America and in Latin America.


Lastly.

 

To bring added insights and perspective to this work I am in addition a world traveler having visited over 100 countries as an Art Director on cruise ships worldwide traveling constantly for ten years. 


Although, I have been writing creatively my entire life, it was during this ten-year period of concentrated travel to these countries that I began writing intensely. 


One result of these efforts is ‘The Bravados!”. 


I am also an accomplish songwriter, trained singer and nationally recognized debater and public speaker.

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