Video Services Corp.,
12 O’CLOCK BOYS
Directed by Lotfy Nathan
Winner – Emerging Artist Award – Hot Docs 2013
Opens Friday January 31
Toronto – Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton St.
Special Screening Friday, February 7
Montreal – Centre Phi, 407 rue St. Pierre
“Moments of perfect equilibrium are drawn out into voluptuous reverie with dreamy slo-mo—this is what immortality looks like.” – Nick Pinkerton, ArtForum
“Poetry.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire
“Exhilarating. One of those rare, unforgettable films, so tightly constructed and beautifully executed that it’s hard not to want to watch it again immediately.” – Jason Gorber, Twitch
The most thrilling trip into Baltimore since The Wire, 12 O’Clock Boys, directed by Lotfy Nathan, is a stirring, up-close ride with a notorious urban dirt bike crew, poetically seen through the eyes of a young boy determined to join their ranks. After its critically acclaimed premiere at SXSW, the film went on to win numerous awards on the festival circuit (including the Emerging Artist Award at Hot Docs in 2013), and will open theatrically and on VOD in Canada on January 31, 2014 from Video Services Corp (VSC).
To Baltimore locals, the 12 O’Clock Boys are hooligans – a group of urban dirt-bikers that perform death-defying stunts at excessive speeds through traffic and impressively evade the hamstrung police, who must adhere to a no-chase policy to maintain public safety. Yet they are heroes to Pug, a bright, young adolescent living in the city’s dangerous Westside neighborhood with his charismatic mother Coco, extended family, and a menagerie of animals to which he tends in his long-standing hope to be a veterinarian. Yet as his obsession with the 12 O’Clock Boys grows, his desire to join the bikers begins eclipsing everything else in his life, much to Coco’s dismay. Filled with stunningly kinetic footage that puts the viewer on up-close ride-alongs with the bikers, 12 O’Clock Boys provides a compelling and personal story of a young boy and his dangerous, thrilling dream.
About Video Services Corp.
Founded in 1993 by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Video Services Corp. is a leading independent DVD distributor with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles and a vast catalogue strong in television, sports and comedy. VSC’s releases include Corner Gas, Comedy Now! Starring Russell Peters and Spectacle: Elvis Costello With…. Recent theatrical releases include Union Square, with Oscar® winner Mira Sorvino, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, from writer/director Roman Coppola and The Matchmaker from Israeli filmmaker Avi Nesher. VSC also owns the e-commerce websites sportonvideo.com, laffstock.com and jewishflicks.com.