Boys State

Directed by Jesse Moss + Amanda McBaine 2020 United States 109 Minutes

The sensational winner of the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize at this year’s 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 Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine 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.

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Credits
Directors
Jesse Moss
Amanda McBaine
Producers
Amanda McBaine
Jesse Moss
Editor
Jeff Gilbert
Composer
T. Griffin
Director of Photography
Thorsten Thielow
Executive Producers
Laurene Powell Jobs
Davis Guggenheim
Jonathan Silberberg
Nicole Stott
Co-Executive Producer
Shannon Dill
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