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Oscilloscope Nabs SXSW Documentary '12 O'Clock Boys' -- 'The Wire' Meets Cirque du Soleil

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 26, 2013 at 12:24PM

Oscilloscope Laboratories has picked up North American rights to Lofty Nathan's documentary "12 O'Clock Boys," which recently had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. The Boys of the title are an infamous dirt bike gang in Baltimore who take over major city streets with flashy stunts at high speeds, alluding the cops' "no chase" rule due to public safety measures. Trailer below.
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"12 O'Clock Boys"
"12 O'Clock Boys"

Oscilloscope Laboratories has picked up North American rights to Lofty Nathan's documentary "12 O'Clock Boys," which recently had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. The Boys of the title are an infamous dirt bike gang in Baltimore who take over major city streets with flashy stunts at high speeds, alluding the cops' "no chase" rule due to public safety measures. Trailer below.

It took Nathan three years to complete the film, as he followed Pugg, a Westside pre-teen hoping to join the 12 O'Clock Boys.

This statement from Oscilloscope's Dan Berger should be enough to pique viewers' interest in time for the film's theatrical and VOD roll out: "It’s a portrait of a subculture as much as a window into the state of America, and it’s all in the guise of 'The Wire' by way of Cirque du Soleil."

No word yet on an official release date, but the doc still has various festivals on its slate, including the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

This article is related to: Oscilloscope Laboratories, Oscilloscope, SXSW, South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW), Documentary, Documentaries


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.