Oscilloscope picks up “12 O’Clock Boys”

The U.S. distributor has acquired all North American rights to 12 O'Clock Boys (pictured), director Lofty Nathan's documentary about an illegal dirt bike gang in Baltimore.
March 27, 2013

U.S. distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired all North American rights to the documentary 12 O’Clock Boys (pictured).

Directed and produced by Lotfy Nathan, the film premiered at the SXSW festival and is due to screen at Hot Docs and the Full Frame Documentary Festival. It tells the story of a kid who joins an illegal dirt bike pack in Baltimore and takes place over the course of three years.

“Lotfy has introduced us to a world so compelling, so foreign, and so relatable all at once,” Oscilloscope marketing and acquisition exec Dan Berger said in a statement. “It’s a portrait of a subculture as much as a window into the state of America, and it’s all in the guise of The Wire by way of Cirque du Soleil.”

Oscilloscope will continue to roll the film out at festivals before its theatrical, DVD and digital releases.

The deal was negotiated by Berger and David Laub of Oscilloscope with ICM Partners, and Marc H. Simon of Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP on behalf of the filmmakers.

Check out the trailer for the doc below:

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