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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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