Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine,
Steven Garza, Robert MacDougall,
Ben Feinstein and René Otero,
Directed by Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine, the Austin-set documentary Boys State provides an inside glimpse at the American Legion nationwide participatory program that allows high school students an opportunity to experience firsthand how city, county and state governments function and operate. Moss and McBaine focus on the 2018 Texas Boys State program held in Austin and attended by more than 1,000 high school juniors with a keen interest in how the democratic process works. The documentary follows a handful of participants—including Austinite Robert MacDougal, Houstonite Steven Garza, San Antonian Ben Feinstein, and Chicagoan René Otero—as they seek elected office and build a representative government. Boys State, which was to screen during this year’s SXSW Film Festival, is available to stream at Apple TV. Married filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine previously collaborated on the documentaries Speedo, The Overnighters, and The Bandit, which Moss directed and McBaine produced.
Aired: Aug, 13, 20, and 27.