Kickstart This: Doc '12 O'Clock Boys' Covers an Illegal Dirt Bike Gang
by Ben Pearson
February 8, 2013
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. Today, we're featuring a documentary called 12 O'Clock Boys that has actually already been accepted to the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, but still needs our help to finalize post-production costs. It's about a 13-year-old boy who longs to join an urban dirt bike gang, and with its Baltimore setting and accents, it's reminiscent of a real-life version of "The Wire." Check out their pitch video below, and don't forget to donate to these filmmakers if you can.
If you can ride a bike, chances are you've attempted to pop a wheelie at some point in your life. Riding wheelies seems to be the preferred method of travel for The 12 O'Clock Boys, West Baltimore's dirt bike gang who are constantly at war with the local police. Lotfy Nathan, the film's 26-year-old director, began filming a young boy named Pug back in 2008, and has captured some important years of the young man's life (or a "grown ass man", as he calls himself) as Pug looks to the gang for leadership in tough times.
Nathan manages to get some incredible footage of the riders (who ride both dirt bikes and four-wheelers), but this isn't necessarily just about the gang's free-wheeling antics and anti-authority spirit. Viewed through Pug's eyes, the movie looks to be an exploration of what it means to be a man when your back is against the wall, the challenges of coming of age in difficult circumstances, and how the need for approval from an idolized community can cause effects that last a lifetime. Check out the haunting and mesmerizing video:
For more information about the project 12 O'Clock Boys, and to help support the project's final steps to get ready for SXSW, visit its Kickstarter page. Director Lofty Nathan is hoping to raise $30,000 by Wednesday, March 6th, and that's an easily attainable goal if everyone who is interested pitches in. If you can't spare the cash right now, please consider sharing the documentary's campaign on Facebook and Twitter, and spreading the word about this project to all of your friends in any other way you can.
That's all for this week's Kickstart This. Be sure to keep suggestions coming to BenPears85@gmail.com for any cool films you see that could use an extra push. My inbox is always open, and if you send in any Kickstarter or IndieGoGo film project, I'll always take a look at it. 12 O'Clock Boys seems like a great film to help out, and I'm sure the filmmakers would really appreciate your support. As always, thanks for reading and helping out these indie projects, because they definitely couldn't be completed without without the help of true film lovers just like you supporting them. For our full archives, visit here. Looks cool, right?