We're very excited to announce that 12 O'Clock Boys will have its World Premiere at SXSW 2013 in Competition! We are one of eight films selected for the competition section out of 905 submissions!
I began this project in 2008. Since then, so many great people have contributed and supported the project. We now have a movie on our hands that is bigger than I could have ever imagined. The amount of interest in the film is really staggering, and i'm grateful to everyone who has reached out. But despite all of that, we have about a month until premiere and the production is broke.
WHY WE ARE FUNDRAISING (AGAIN):
In 2010 we raised a little over 12K on Kickstarter for what I thought would be the end of filming. Instead, the story grew, as did interest in the film. We stretched that money and it launched the film forward into a new place. It hasn't been easy, but with that support, and a little more help along the way, we've managed to come this far on a really small budget. So it goes. I actually think that the scraping by we've had to do up until now has allowed the film to maintain its rawness that people love.
At this stage of the game though, we have unavoidable costs for finishing that have to be met. This is what we need your help with. We have to pay for Color Correction, online, printing to HDCAM, Sound design & mix, licensing, some music costs, and getting to the festival.
With such a perfect platform to premiere, we can't fudge this part, we can't show the movie in a theater without taking on these costs.
ABOUT THE FILM:
Pug, a thirteen year old boy living on a dangerous Westside block, has one goal in mind: to join the 12 O’Clock Boys; the notorious urban dirt-bike gang of Baltimore. Converging from all parts of the inner city, they invade the streets and clash with police, who are forbidden to chase the bikes for fear of endangering the public. Pug looks to the pack for mentorship, spurred by their dangerous lifestyle. He narrates their world as if explaining a dreamscape, complemented with unprecedented, action-packed coverage of the riders in their element, guided by the riders themselves as they take to the streets and clash with Police. The film presents the pivotal years of change in a boy’s life growing up in one of the most dangerous and economically depressed cities in the United States.
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS:
If you make a pledge, we get closer to making our goal. If we make the goal within the time limit set, we get the money. If we don't make the goal in the time limit, we don't get anything, and you don't get charged anything, either.
If you like the film, we would be grateful for your support, and we'll make it count. If you can't pledge, please share the page with anyone you can.
Thank you for reading and I hope you will join the effort.
Lotfy & The Team
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Risks and challenges
We aren't completely sure when the film will be released officially. That depends on distribution deals that we hope to obtain involving DVD, online, and theatrical distribution impact the date that we can send out the materials. With the help of this Kickstarter fundraiser, we'll at least be able to show the festival circuit what we're made of and circulate it that way, from there we hope for the best with distribution and getting it out there. At the very least, we release the film to the public grassroots.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter