12 O’Clock Boys premiering at SXSW

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The best film coming to SXSW this year? It started as a Kickstarter project way back in 2010 and now it’s a full-blown documentary on Baltimore’s outlaw motorcycle scene.

“Pug, a wisecracking 13 year old living on a dangerous Westside block, has one goal in mind: to join The 12 O’Clock Boys; the notorious urban dirt-bike gang of Baltimore,” describes the filmmaker. “Converging from all parts of the inner city, they invade the streets and clash 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. He narrates their world as if explaining a dreamscape, complemented with unprecedented, action-packed coverage of the riders in their element. The film presents the pivotal years of change in a boy’s life growing up in one of the most dangerous and economically depressed cities in the US.”

  • Sergei Petrov

    “and economically depressed cities in the US” well maybe if they didn’t spend that money on dirtbikes and used it for school…

    • http://www.facebook.com/dez.morgan.16 Dez Morgan

      Who says they spent money on them

    • Gabriel Torres

      Spending money on dirtbikes would actually improve the economy. The entire city is depressed. Not just these kids. They aren’t paying for public school. This looks fascinating. It’s almost like they ride for the same reason a lot of us do… to escape.

    • yallstupid

      spending money on them. yeah right like them bikes aint stolen fool

      • hunter

        yeah true mostly from the county. those bikes are mad expensive even for someone with money

    • http://www.facebook.com/Scott.jones.876 Scott Jones

      They’re all stolen. This has been going on for years though.

  • Sohl

    1 part el-oh-el, 1 part oh-em-gee, and a dash of facepalm.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Sweeney/501437288 Scott Sweeney

      Add another pint of facepalm. Mix well.

  • yallstupid

    1:45 though, this shot is like perfection

    • http://www.facebook.com/stephan.alessi Stephan Alessi

      like absolute heaven

  • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

    As if the Wire and Ray Lewis weren’t enough to prove Baltimore is the toughest city in the US.

  • socalutilityrider

    I have to say, riding rampant all over a city like that looks like a ton of fun. Probably better things they could with their time, but I think it’s cool. At least they’re working on improving a skill.

  • http://www.facebook.com/corey.cook.549221 Corey Cook

    This is not motorcycle culture, this is about people being assholes. No more, no less.

    I do not even understand why this bullshit is on HFL. You guys put up a number of good pieces today, I know you aren’t starving for content.

  • jconli1

    I miss that city. I had a big park and some woods behind my house in south Baltimore, lots of kids rode back there in the summer. Amazing riders. Every now and then I’d take my big V-Strom out and tear it up with them for a few minutes.

    Never had a problem with anyone messing with my bikes… the dealers and residents all kept an eye out. (As long as the dealers kept their trade clean and quiet, no one else really cared – and they were happy to run criminals out because it affected their business, too). What the city lacked in feelgood yuppie amenities it made up for in a kind of day to day respect you don’t always see elsewhere.

    • roma258

      I live in Philly and we have our own version of this, maybe not as organized, but same idea. Thing is, most of the time, these dudes aren’t riding in the parks or out where people don’t live. They’re flying wrong way down narrow streets, pedestrians and everyone else be damned. I get that they probably get the same joy out of riding that we do, and on some level I sympathise…but these dudes are a real menace in some neighborhoods and you wouldn’t wanna live on a block where they hang out.

      I wish there was some sort of way to channel it in a positive direction and surprised that no-one’s tried, but let’s not glorify it too much. And drug dealers keeping an eye out? Come on…

  • Nathan Wiley

    This is garbage. Glorification of thieves partaking in criminal activity.

    • MachVIII

      I’m pretty sure this is the what Dr. King was fighting for. “The Dream” fulfilled. [rolls eyes]

    • Tyler 250

      It’s glorification? You get that from the trailer?

      • hunter

        i agree not sure how you get glorification, if you ahve ever been to the west side or Baltimore in general and i dont mean downtown then you would understand, there is no glory in the city, its a ruff city even in the good areas if you could really say there are any. its a way of life and a passion they all have and they dont really get in the way i see them multiple times a week,

  • yipY

    It seems now I’ll be able now to fulfil two tasks desired in my progress,combined:frontier surgery and a summer jaunt to Baltimore.Silly me, I thought I’d have to go to the Congo to operate on writhing messes with a butter knife and stuff to knock out dogs.

  • Chris Cope

    I think it’s worth noting: if these were long-haired white guys on Harleys we’d think of them as the last American cowboys and emulate them, as we have with Hell’s Angels.

  • http://www.facebook.com/afonsomata Afonso Mata

    I’m not even going to talk about breaking the law and messing around with the cops and all of that stuff.
    All I’ve got to say about these guys is: “Wear a helmet.”

    • http://profiles.google.com/mugget mugget man


      You think they care about helmets if they’re doing everything else they want regardless of the law?

      • http://www.facebook.com/afonsomata Afonso Mata

        My point exactly.
        I don’t even know if you’re obliged by Maryland state laws to wear a helmet. I couldn’t give a bigger flying poopoo about helmet related laws.
        They don’t give a poopoo about any law, right?
        But imho, they should give at least a tiny poo about they’re own safety and wear a helmet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.berndt.73 Jonathan Berndt

    why this is accepted is beyond me. either there are laws in this country, or there arent. if the police cant handle it, form an elite team that can, and stop it! or else just let anybody do what and when they want.

  • Tommy Erst

    I enjoyed the comments section much more when this was a pay site.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.kinsler.5 Andrew Kinsler

    i loved the wire and i dont support crack smoking. i love this and i dont support stealing dirtbikes.

  • KevinB

    Any news on distribution plans?