12 OClock Boys
USA, 2013, 76 Minute Running Time
ENDS Thursday at the Sie FilmCenter.
Pug is a young boy living in Baltimore with his mother and siblings, dreaming of the day he can join the 12 O’Clock Boys. They’re a group of dirt bike riders who travel through the streets of Baltimore, clashing with police and ignoring the fact that what they’re doing is illegal. The film follows Pug over the course of three years as he slowly becomes a part of this dirt bike culture, changing his behaviour while his mother struggles to deal with him.
"A must see! ... [This] Documentary should ignite passion in a viewer, and it’s impossible not to become emotionally involved in Pug’s journey, whether it’s positive or negative." - Toronto Film Scene
"Whether they know it or not, Pug and his outlaw mentors are vying for control. With a battle cry of roaring of engines, the act of riding seems almost acrobatic performance art expressing their impoverished discontent with the indignancies they live with day in, day out. 12 O’Clock Boys manages to harness these acts at both a heartrending personal level, with Pug, and a disparaging cultural level, venturing out into the community to witness the on street onslaughts first hand, even-handedly speaking with policemen and bikers alike. What Nathan has exquisitely captured within is a vicious poverty-induced cycle of dirt-bike rebellion. Like a war ravaged snow globe, we can look in on the chaos, but there seems no escape for those trapped inside." - Ioncinema
DIRECTOR: Lofty Nathan