Boys State - FREE Member Screening

June 21 - One day only!


Streaming on Hot Docs at Home Sun, Jun 21, 2020
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Program Category:Special Presentations
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Amanda McBaine
Jesse Moss
Producer(s):Amanda McBaine
Jesse Moss
Executive Producer(s):Laurene Powell Jobs
Davis Guggenheim
Jonathan Silberberg
Nicole Stott
Editor(s):Jeff Gilbert
Cinematography:Thorsten Thielow
Composer:T. Griffin
Sound:Mark Roy


On June 21, Hot Docs, in partnership with Apple and A24, presented the international premiere of Boys State in a free streaming event for Hot Docs members.

This live streaming event took place in the Apple TV+ Premieres Screening Room, and was followed by a live Zoom Q&A with directors Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss and film subjects.

SUNDAY, JUNE 21 - one day only!
4:00 PM:
Viewing room opens
4:30 PM: Film starts
6:30 PM: Live Q&A

About the film
Winner of a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Boys State gives us a one-week look at a thousand Texas high school seniors who put on an ambitious mock election in hopes of creating their own government. From the ground up, the campaign trail is a near-complete reflection of the American political system. Garnering support, citing promises, rallying the crowds, these young boys know exactly how to game the system and are fervently fighting to come out on top. Their surprisingly sharp understanding of political machinations offers up a unique window into the larger divide in America today. Notions of masculinity, race and human rights are all explored in thought-provoking ways. At times, the approach feels so self-aware that it borders on hilarious satire, showing us how the next generation is already skilled at making politics work for them. Gabor Pertic

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Additional Information

This live streaming event will be hosted in the Apple TV+ Premieres Screening Room.

On June 19, all ticket holders will be sent an email with their personalized screening link and viewing instructions.

On Sunday, June 21, the screening room will open at 4:00 p.m. and the screening will start promptly at 4:30 p.m. If you enter the screening room late, you will join the film already in progress.

This screening is geo-blocked to Canada. You must be within the country to view.