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Baltimore dirt bike rider flick wins award

May 5, 2013
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12This weekend, Lotfy Nathan won HBO’s Emerging Artist Award at the Hot Docs film festival in Toronto for 12 O’Clock Boys, his documentary about Baltimore’s urban dirt bike riders, which premieres locally at the Maryland Film Festival Friday May 10.

City Paper spoke to Nathan while he was in Toronto for the festival (see our feature story in this Wednesday’s paper) and he explained that he came to Baltimore to study painting at MICA and started 12 O’Clock Boys, his first film, on a whim. Soon, he was obsessed and he was offered the award and a $3,000 cash prize for “his capacity to capture rare insight and recognizing strong characters in a complex maze of urban stories.”

After appearing at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March, 12 O’Clock Boys was picked up for North American distribution by Oscilloscope Laboratories, the company, co-founded by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch,  that released the Banksy-directed Exit Through the Gift Shop.