Boys State: Documenting a New Political Generation

Mar 20, 2021

3:00pm – 3:30pm CT

Watch filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine along with subject Steve Garza discuss their documentary BOYS STATE with Ryan Heath from Politico. BOYS STATE 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. In the process, Moss and McBaine 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. Moss, McBaine, and Garza discuss the new political generation, the influence of the current state of politics, and the future and of civic engagement among the youth.

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Ryan Heath


Amanda McBaine

Mile End Films

Jesse Moss

Mile End Films

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