Continuing in that tradition of groundbreaking cinema the production company Oscilloscope Labs, started by The Beastie Boys MCA (R.I.P), brings us another riveting documentary about youthful rebellion on a whole new level. Directed by Lofty Nathan, The 12 O’Clock Boys follows the lives of a notorious motocross gang that has developed a new way of spreading hi jinx across Baltimore’s inner cities. Is it breaking the law and how far will some of the impressionable youth go to become one of the boys?
This film premiered at SXSW Film Festival this year and also took the Hot Docs HBO Emerging Artist Award this summer. This is one of those Kickstarter successes that I think everyone should see…it looks amazing.
The 12 O’Clock Boys are a notorious urban dirt bike pack in Baltimore. Converging in groups and invading the streets, they dangerously–yet magnificently–make their presence known as they pop wheelies and weave in and out of traffic at excessive speeds, all the while taunting the police who must obey a self-imposed “no chase” rule for fear of endangering the public. Nathan frames the years-in-the-making narrative through the eyes of the adolescent Pug – a kid from the Westside eager to join the 12 O’Clock Boys’ ranks. Pug reveres the Boys’ every move, and Nathan follows this young man through some of the most pivotal years of his life, providing a compelling and intimate personal story within the broader depiction of the wild, dynamic world of the 12 O’Clock Boys. Oscilloscope Labs will release Lotfy Nathan’s 12 O’Clock Boys starting in early 2014.