Watch this trailer for the documentary 12 O'Clock Boys, scheduled to play just two nights at The Belcourt Feb. 12-13, and see why it's been getting applause when it plays before some of the movies. There was a great piece in last Sunday's Times about the making of the doc, which follows a subculture of Baltimore dirt-bike daredevils (whose nickname comes from popping almost vertical wheelies) as they defy cops and traffic.
The filmmakers risked their lives getting some of these shots — according to the Times, one involved hanging director Lotfy Nathan out the window of a moving truck in the middle of heavy bike traffic — and you'll see why in the trailer above. It looks like exactly the kind of release you'd expect from Oscilloscope Laboratories, the distributor co-founded by the late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch that's put out great recent docs such as Tchoupitoulas and Only the Young.
Incidentally, props to The Belcourt for these two-night Wednesday-Thursday runs that give Nashville a crack at movies that might not play here if they had to fill a week-long slot. Upcoming titles include Michel Gondry's Noam Chomsky documentary Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (Feb. 5-6) and Ben Wheatley's psychedelic British horror movie A Field in England (Feb. 19-20) — the latter heralded by a money quote from one Martin Scorsese.