Benny, a half black, half Mexican teenager, is awaiting a letter from the court to find out if he ll be sent to an affluent neighborhood to live with his father. But before the letter arrives, he s extorted by his mother s boyfriend. Now he has to sell drugs to keep his addicted mother out of prostitution. The only thing is, he doesn t know how. Only his street-smart Chicano friend Indie can help out. To finish the job, the two attend a backyard punk show in South Central LA. But when things go wrong, Benny comes face to face with the LAPD in an uncompromising situation. Written by a Watts native, The Hat Boyz explores the world of a na¯ve young man growing up in America and the relationship of a historically underserved community with the police.