Pug, a 13-year-old living on a dangerous westside block, has one goal in mind: to join the 12 O’Clock Boys, the notorious dirt bike gang of Baltimore. Converging from all parts of the inner city, they invade the streets, performing tricks to crowds of onlookers and clashing 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.
Lotfy Nathan’s pulse-pounding documentary captures a contemporary biker film on the streets of one of the most economically depressed cities in the United States. Within the electrifying pack of bikers, Lotfy focuses his camera on the charismatic and rebellious Pug who is forced to grow up quickly after a loss in his family. Following Pug through these pivotal years, 12 O'Clock Boys puts you in the front seat of the roller coaster that is adolescence.
About the Director
Lotfy Nathan, 26, is a fellow of the Garrett Scott Foundation, IFP Lab, IFP Spotlight, and a recipient of the Grainger Marburg Grant. His first film: “12 O’Clock Boys” has had preview screenings at Lincoln Center, IFC Center, Rooftop film festival, and Full Frame Festival. He was recently accepted to the Columbia University MFA Film Program.