Boys State

Documentary | NR | 109 min


Opera House Sat, Mar 21 2:30 PM
Film Info
Premier:Idaho Premiere
Production Country:US
Original Langauge:English
Cast/Crew Info
Executive Producer:Lauren Powell Jobs
Davis Guggenheim
Jonathan Silberberg
Nicole Stott
Director:Jesse Moss
Amanda McBaine
Produced By:Jesse Moss
Amanda McBaine


The sensational winner of the Grand Jury Prize for documentary at this year's Sundance Film Festival is a wildly entertaining and continually revealing immersion into a week-long 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. An Apple release.