Wheels reach to the sky, straight up towers like clock hands reaching for 12. In a Baltimore where police are forbidden from chasing them (the hunts would be a public danger), notorious dirt bike gang the 12 O’Clock Boyz are kings of the city.
Lofty Nathan’s film 12 O’Clock Boys turns its lens on the pack in a gritty but magical story, a poetry of the street.
“I been on this earth for a decade. And a couple years. So what that makes me – I’m a grown ass man.” – Pugz
The film follows 13-year-old Pug, whose goal is a place amongst the 12 O’Clock Boyz. It spins with plenty of acrobatics but also a window on the life of the Boyz. Premiered at SXSW 2013, it’s a film that a critic from Torontoist has called “The Wire with wheelies” and the filmmaker himself tagged “Boys Scouts in the hood.”
Have a look at the trailer for a preview, and follow 12 O’Clock Boys on Facebook for updates on screenings. The next opportunity is Saturday and Sunday, 10-11 August at Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT WEEKEND in LA.