Charm City Kings is a gritty coming-of-age drama, 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 roadway past the straight and narrow.
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JAHI DI’ALLO WINSTON
The multi-talented Jahi Winston has taken the industry by storm in a relatively short amount of time. He is known for his lead role in the Sony Pictures & Screen Gems film Proud Mary. Playing the role of Danny, a young teen doing his best to navigate life in Boston, Winston starred opposite Taraji P. Henson who plays Mary, a hit woman working for an organized crime family. Winston is also widely revered for his role as Young Ralph Tresvant in BET’s most noted original biopic, The New Edition Story. His performance was praised throughout the industry and he quickly became a fan-favorite for his character portrayal and for dancing and recording his own vocals for the show.
Winston also appeared opposite Kevin Hart in the blockbuster hit, The Upside, a remake of the 2011 French blockbuster The Intouchables. In addition, he played a pivotal role in the highly acclaimed Lena Waithe, theatrical release, Queen and Slim. Winston’s performance as the young social activist, Junior, has been regarded a standout in the film that starred Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner Smith.
Following up his appearance in theaters, Winston also starred in Netflix’s thirty-minute dramedy Everything Sucks where the 10-episode series follows two groups of high school misfits – the AV club and the drama club who collide in this quirky, funny coming-of-age story set in Oregon in 1996.
Meek Mill is a Grammy-nominated recording artist, criminal justice reform advocate, and entrepreneur that hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Meek evolved from Philadelphia’s hottest underground rapper to one of the world’s preeminent musical artists, having released a slew of smash studio albums and singles, including “Ima Boss,” “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro),” and “Going Bad,” among many others. His latest studio album, “Championships,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums, marking his second chart-topper following his 2015 album “Dreams Worth More Than Money.” In addition to serving as the President of Dreamchasers Records, Mill is the co-owner of sports apparel retailer LIDS and the co-chair of the REFORM Alliance, which launched in January 2019 and aims to advance criminal justice reform and eradicate outdated policies that perpetuate injustice in the United States.
It was recently announced that Teyonah Parris will star opposite John Boyega and Jamie Foxx in the Netflix sci-fi feature film, They Cloned Tyrone. This December, global audiences will see Parris join the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the iconic character “Monica Rambeau” in the highly anticipated Disney+ original series WandaVision, opposite Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany. Next year, Parris will star opposite Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in the contemporary take on the cult horror classic, Candyman. The film, directed by Nia DaCosta and written by Oscar-winner Jordan Peele, will be released in theaters by Universal Pictures in 2021.
Parris gave a memorable performance in Annapurna’s If Beale Street Could Talk, directed by Academy Award-winner Barry Jenkins (Moonlight). In 2014, Parris starred opposite Tessa Thompson in Justin Simien’s breakout independent film Dear White People. Her performance earned her a Black Reel Award in the category of Outstanding Breakthrough Performance. That next year, Parris was cast as the lead role in Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, for which she won the Black Reel and African-American Film Critics Association Awards for Best Actress, and also garnered an NAACP Image Award nomination. Parris then went on to appear as real-life singer Miki Howard in the Christine Swanson-directed telefilm Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story, in which she also served as a producer. Other film credits include How Do You Know, Point Blank, and The Photograph.
On television, Parris recurred opposite Jon Hamm on AMC Network’s critically acclaimed television series Mad Men and remained with the show throughout its final four seasons. In 2013, Parris and her fellow Mad Men actors earned a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. From 2014-2017, Parris also starred on the acclaimed television Starz series, Survivor’s Remorse, for its entire four-season run.
With his love for the arts, actor, writer, director, and producer, Will Catlett quickly set his sights on a career in entertainment, moving to Los Angeles in 2007. Since that time, he has had much success appearing on several popular TV shows, films, and commercials. In front of the camera, Catlett was most recently cast to play the role of Griffin in Force of Nature alongside Mel Gibson, Emile Hirsch, and Kate Bosworth. He also played the lead role of Yasir on OWN’s Love Is__, and as a multi-season guest star on Black Lightning for The CW Network.
Catlett is set to play Verton Freeman in Misha Green’s Lovecraft Country for HBO and has also appeared in CBS’s The Mentalist, HBO’s Insecure, and Brothers in Atlanta. He initially made a name for himself in lead roles on the streaming Youtube series First (Issa Rae Productions), and That Guy (Black & Sexy TV)
Behind the camera, Catlett has lent his considerable talents to such projects as the director of Malcolm, Giants for Issa Rae Presents, the feature film Griffin, the brilliant short film Stages in which he also stars, the TV series Garden Hills and in the writer’s room for Love Is__.
Charm City Kings is a 2020 American drama film directed by Angel Manuel Soto, from a screenplay by Sherman Payne, and a story by Kirk Sullivan, Chris Boyd, and Barry Jenkins. It is a film adaptation of the documentary Entitled 12 O’Clock Boys by Lotfy Nathan about a Young teen called Biker Boy Pug.
The Character Mouse was based on TyQuan Ford, most commonly known simply as “Pug”, He has had a passion for riding dirt bikes and popping wheelies at roughly vertical angles, upon urban thoroughfares, exactly like how the recreational outfit of dirt bike riders known as the 12 O’Clock Boys has been doing for over a decade throughout Baltimore, Maryland. Due to the illegality of performing vehicle stunts on public thoroughfares, or specifically riding dirk bikes at all on the streets of certain cities (such as Baltimore), the signature activities of these riders have been marks of civil disobedience and, inasmuch, to an extent, organized crime, largely non-violent. Given such, there have furthermore been many clashes between police patrol units and effectively-dubious dirt bike riders, sometimes leading to deaths of the riders from concussive injuries. When he was sixteen years old, one Saturday in the spring of 2014, while riding, Pug wound up being pursued, knocked off his bike and tased, by Baltimore police, but he was not charged with a crime, whereas he did sustain injures that left him walking on crutches for a while, and most likely the bike he was riding was permanently confiscated. The outcomes of the incident did not deter him from his passion. He obscures his face with a bandana whenever performing dirk bike wheelies on the streets.
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