Directed & Produced by Amanda McBaine & Jesse Moss
USA / 2020 / 109 min
Last screened on Tue, Jan 5
This one-night-only screening will be followed by a Q&A with directors/producers Amanda McBaine & Jesse Moss and subject Steven Garza, moderated by Oscar-winning filmmaker Chai Vasarhelyi (Free Solo).
The sensational winner of the Grand Jury Prize for documentary at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, Boys State is a wildly entertaining and continually revealing immersion into a weeklong annual program in which a thousand Texas high school seniors gather for an elaborate mock exercise: building their own state government. Filmmakers Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss closely track the escalating tensions that arise within a particularly riveting gubernatorial race, training their cameras on unforgettable teenagers like Ben, a Reagan-loving arch-conservative who brims with confidence despite personal setbacks, and Steven, a progressive-minded child of Mexican immigrants who stands by his convictions amidst the sea of red. In the process, they have created a complex portrait of contemporary American masculinity, as well as a microcosm of our often dispiriting national political divisions that nevertheless manages to plant seeds of hope.
An Apple Original Film, distributed by Apple+TV.