Nowadays, when you think of Baltimore you probably think of the NFL’s Ravens or maybe the “The Wire,” but soon you’ll think of dirt bikes, four-wheelers and a precocious little kid named “Pug.” Director Lotfy Nathan’s documentary “12′ O’ Clock Boys” follows the 13-year-old Pug through his exploits in Baltimore, MD with an older, illegal dirt bike gang, that often clashes with police and risks their lives for the thrill of riding.
The project is raising funds on Kickstarter, hoping to get to its goal of $30,000 by March 6th with the intention of premiering the film at SXSW this year. Check out the trailer above and a note from the filmmaker below.
“Pug, a wisecracking 13 year old living on a dangerous Westside block, has one goal in mind: to join The 12 O’Clock Boys; the notorious urban dirt-bike gang of Baltimore. Converging from all parts of the inner city, they invade the streets and clash with police, who are forbidden to chase the bikes for fear of endangering the public. Pug looks to the pack for mentorship, spurred by their dangerous lifestyle. He narrates their world as if explaining a dreamscape, complemented with unprecedented, action-packed coverage of the riders in their element. The film presents the pivotal years of change in a boy’s life growing up in one of the most dangerous and economically depressed cities in the US.”