SXSW 2020: Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner BOYS STATE

Directed and Produced by Jesse Moss & Amanda McBaine

Executive Produced by: Laurene Powell Jobs, Davis Guggenheim,

Jonathan Silberberg, Nicole Stott

Co-Executive Produced by: Shannon Dill

**WINNER – Grand Jury Prize – Documentary – Sundance Film Festival**

**OFFICIAL SELECTION – Opening Night – True/False Film Festival**

**OFFICIAL SELECTION – Opening Night – New Directors/New Films Festival**

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.

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

Saturday Mar 14, 11:00am – The Zach Theater

Tuesday, Mar 17, 9:00pm – AFS Cinema

Saturday Mar 21, 12:00pm – The Paramount Theater

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