Oscilloscope buys rights to Baltimore-filmed '12 O'Clock Boys'

Documentary on West Baltimore dirt-bike riders will see theatrical release

  • An image from Lotfy Nathan's documentary film, "12 o'clock Boys."
An image from Lotfy Nathan's documentary film, "12… (Handout )
March 27, 2013|By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun

When “12 O’Clock Boys” director Lotfy Nathan brought his film to this month’s South by Southwest film festival, one of his main goals was to find distribution for the documentary.

Nathan didn’t have to wait long, as deadline.com reported this week that Oscilloscope Laboratories had purchased the North American rights to Nathan’s documentary on the West Baltimore dirt-bike riders.

Oscilloscope, which was co-founded by deceased Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch, is considered a boutique film company. Recent films from Oscilloscope include “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and the Banksy-directed “Exit Through the Gift Shop.”

There is no word yet on when the film will be released, but Deadline reports the documentary will head to other film festivals first (Toronto’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival and North Carolina’s Full Frame, both in April, are next) before it will be released to theaters. There are plans for theatrical, DVD/Blu-Ray and digital releases.

“12 O’Clock Boys” is Nathan’s first film. The London-born filmmaker graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009. He currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. In February, Sun reporter Chris Kaltenbach spoke with Nathan about the film and his motivation to create it. He also discussed withholding personal judgment of the controverisal group, saying he'd rather viewers decide for themselves.

"My feeling," Nathan told the Sun last month over the phone, "is that any judgment can come from the audience. What I hope to provide is this kind-of insider perspective." 

Those unfamiliar with "12 O'Clock Boys" can watch its intense trailer (which contains explicit language) below.

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