Boys State

Boys State

A political coming-of-age story, Boys State examines the health of American democracy through an unusual experiment in which a thousand 17-year-old boys from across the state of Texas join together to build a representative government from the ground up. High minded ideals collide with low down dirty tricks as four boys of diverse backgrounds and political views navigate the challenges of organizing political parties, shaping consensus and campaigning for the highest office at Texas Boys State - Governor.

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Amanda McBaine

Jesse Moss


Directors: Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss
Cinematographer: Thorsten Thielow
Editor: Jeff Gilbert
Music: T. Griffin
Principal Cast: Steven Garza, Rene Otero, Ben Feinstein, Robert Macdougall


Publicity Contact
Jennifer McGrath
Sales Agent
Josh Braun
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2020
Genre: Documentary
Screening Section: Festival Favorites
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 106 mins