Baltimore has a bad enough rap because The Wire exists, but it’ll be interesting to see outsiders’ reaction when they realize the city is being overrun by Mad Max style biker gangs gangs… Well, sort of, not really. Yeah, 12 O’Clock In Baltimore, the new documentary from Lotfy Nathan, follows the 12 O’Clock Boyz, a motorcycle crew from Stringer Bell’s stomping grounds famous for wheelying motocross bikes around the city streets (just having a dirt bike on a public road is illegal throughout the state), but the Boyz have better intentions than one might think. In a city, especially an inner city, wrought by drugs, gangs, and the violence that comes with them, the crew offers an alternative and an escape.
That’s the real focus of the documentary, which follows a young kid from the mean streets of West Baltimore as he dives deeper into the lifestyle; a sort of “Boy Scouts In The Hood,” as Nathan puts it. The point of the crew is also different than the usual biker getup. Rather than showcasing custom work or a specific brand, the 12 O’Clock Boyz are all about the art of the wheelie, and spend their rides trying to perfect the perfect vertical pose (hence the name). After three years of following the crew, the man behind the lens has a full interview about the film up over at Vice, where he goes more in depth about the Boyz, the filming process, and the Baltimore PD’s response. It’s definitely worth the read, and the trailer is pretty wild too. 12 O’Clock In Baltimore is set for release at the end of the year. Baltimore lean back.- Pool Captain