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.