Maryland Morning Screen Test Presents Lotfy Nathan

May 30, 2012 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

a still from the 12 O’Clock in Baltimore

Lotfy Nathan was majoring in painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art when he first started work on the hotly anticipated documentary Twelve O’Clock in Baltimore. He’s chosen a difficult subject, and taken to it with a simple premise. “This film explores the illegal practice of dirt bike riding through Baltimore City,” he writes “Two riders are followed throughout the streets of Baltimore on their dirt bikes.” Nathan wants to reveal the motivations of these often seen but rarely heard dirt bike enthusiasts, and depict what he sees as a “primal and energetic response to the tension between social classes.”

Lotfy Nathan now lives in New York, but he continues work on Twelve O’Clock in Baltimore, and he hopes to release the film later this year. On Wednesday, May 30 at 7 p.m., Nathan will talk with WYPR’s Tom Hall in front of a live audience at the Windup Space on Baltimore’s North Avenue.  We’ll screen clips of several of his films and music videos and take audience questions.  It’s free and open to the public. The interview will be recorded to air on “Maryland Morning” on Friday, June 1.

Lotfy Nathan will be the final guest filmmaker in Maryland Morning’s Screen Test series. After two years of conversations about the art of film with Maryland’s producers, directors, and filmmakers, the series is coming to a close. While we are sad to announce the end of the Screen Test, we are very excited to announce the next step in our effort to cover regional film, which will involve a partnership with the Maryland Film Festival. We’ll have more information on our new enterprise at this final taping of the Screen Test on May 30.

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