Charm City Kings


WINNER - Sundance Film Festival 2020 U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize – Best Ensemble Cast

In 2013 Lofty Nathan's acclaimed documentary 12 O'Clock Boys brought to the big screen the story of Pug, a boy allured with urban dirt-bike riders in Baltimore and his passion for the gang. Seven years later Puerto Rican-American director Angel Manuel Soto revisits the controversial coming of age story in his sophomore feature Charm City Kings.

Fourteen-year-old Mouse (Jahi Di'Allo Winston) desperately wants to join the Midnight Clique, an infamous group of Baltimore dirt-bike riders who rule the summertime streets. His older brother, Stro, was their top rider before his tragic death— a loss that consumes Mouse as much as his passion for bikes. Mouse's mom (Teyonah Parris) and his police mentor, Detective Rivers (William Catlett), work overtime to help the charismatic teen reach his full potential, but when the Midnight Clique's leader, Blax (Meek Mill), takes the boy under his wing, the lure of revving his own dirt bike skids Mouse toward a road way past the straight and narrow.

From a story partially conceived by Miami’s Oscar-winning Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), screenwriter Sherman Payne and director Angel Manuel Soto create a powerful film that reflects on the challenges of growing up in a complex world, and the lessons to be learned early on that will affect your life forever.

On Wednesday, March 11 enjoy a pre-screening cocktail reception courtesy of SocialXchange. Reception will start promptly at 8:45 pm.

Event Dates

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MDC’s Tower Theater Miami 1

SilverSpot Cinema 13

Director Bio

Angel Manuel Soto, is a screenwriter, director and artist from Santurce, Puerto Rico. His short film "In the Privacy of My Home" (11) and his debut feature film La Granja (15) were official selections at the Miami Film Festival. A selection of 4 VR videos of Soto, produced with media company RYOT, were also showcased at Miami Film Festival's GEMS 2017. Charm City Kings (20) is his latest feature film.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Angel Manuel Soto
  • Producer(s)
    Caleeb Pinkett, Clarence Hammond, Marc Bienstock, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, James Lassiter
  • Screenwriter(s)
    Sherman Payne
  • Cinematographer(s)
    Katelin Arizmendi
  • Composer
    Alex Somers
  • Cast
    Jahi Di'Allo Winston, Meek Mill, Will Catlett, Teyonah Parris, Donielle Hansley, Kezii Curtis

Film Info

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  • Category
  • Country
    United States
  • Run-Time
    125 min
  • Language