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Dirt bikers zip through West Baltimore while filming movie scenes

It’s usually illegal to ride dirt bikes on city streets, but on Tuesday afternoon, riders could be seen zipping down North Monroe Street in West Baltimore and popping wheelies while filming a movie scene. Police stood by, helping block off streets.

Based on a casting call posted to the Maryland Film Office’s website, it appears the “ride scenes” were shot for the feature film “Charm City,” alternately called “12 O’Clock Boys.” The film will reportedly be executive produced by Will Smith and is based on the 2013 documentary “12 O’Clock Boys” directed by Maryland Institute College of Art alum Lotfy Nathan.

The film’s plot centers on a boy named Mouse who desperately wants to be part of the Midnight Clique, a group of Baltimore dirt bike riders, according to a casting notice posted in September. Co-written by Barry Jenkins (director of the Oscar-winning “Moonlight”), the film has cast local dirt biker Pacino “Chino” Braxton, who began riding at age 6 and later rode with the 12 O’Clock Boys before becoming a face for the local dirt biking scene.

Deadline also reported that Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill, Jahi Di'Allo Winston (“Proud Mary,” Netflix’s “Everything Sucks”), Teyonah Parris and Will Catlett will join the cast.

Baltimore Sun reporter Chris Kaltenbach contributed to this report.


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