BOYS STATE Special Presentations


Following the film at 9:35 PM EDT, watch a live discussion with directors Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine as well as special guests Ben Feinstein, Steven Garza, Rene Otero and Robert MacDougall, moderated by NBC News Political Director and Moderator of “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd. 

Each year the American Legion hosts a “civics camp” for high school students (separated by gender) in states across the country. BOYS STATE closely follows a group of teenage boys as they attend one such program in Austin, Texas. The attendees are tasked with creating a mock government and spend the week campaigning for leadership and party platforms. Political ambitions are high and the gubernatorial race is hot. Are you curious what the next generation of our political system looks like?

Winner of the Sundance U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize, BOYS STATE explores politics through a coming-of-age lens. The result reveals American democracy and political division at its most hopeful and terrifying moments.
–Sarah Harris

Jesse Moss’ films include THE OVERNIGHTERS, which won a Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Intuitive Filmmaking; THE BANDIT; FULL BATTLE RATTLE; and SPEEDO: A DEMOLITION DERBY LOVE STORY. Recent work includes THE FAMILY, a five-part Netflix series, and DIRTY MONEY. As a producer, his films include GAY CHORUS DEEP SOUTH and WILLIAM KUNSTLER: DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE (2010 Sundance Film Festival).

Amanda McBaine is an award-winning producer making her feature directing debut with BOYS STATE. As a producer, her films include THE OVERNIGHTERS, THE BANDIT, FULL BATTLE RATTLE, SPEEDO: A DEMOLITION DERBY LOVE STORY and GHOSTS OF ATTICA. Along with her husband and creative partner, Jesse Moss, she is a partner in Mile End Films, a San Francisco–based production company.


Country: USA

Year: 2020

Directors: Jesse Moss, Amanda McBaine

Producers: Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss

Executive Producers: Laurene Powell Jobs, Davis Guggenheim, Jonathan Silberberg, Nicole Stott

Running Time (minutes): 109 MIN

Language: English