37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Boys State

Boys State

Every summer, a thousand Texas high school senior boys gather for a week-long program for an elaborate mock exercise: building their own state government. This political coming of age style documentary follows the escalating tensions that arise within a riveting gubernatorial race as viewers meet unforgettable teenagers like Ben, a Reagan-loving conservative with unshakeable confidence, and Steven, a progressive-minded child of Mexican immigrants who remains convicted amidst a sea of red. Filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine create a complex portrait of modern American masculinity while cultivating hope for the next generation of leaders despite frequent national political division. Introduction by U.S. Senator Tim Scott. A discussion with Governor Terry McAuliffe, moderated by Larry Sabato (UVA); and a discussion with filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine, and subject Steven Garza, moderated by Larry Sabato to follow.

Presented by UVA Center for Politics

Supported by The Jefferson Trust

Boys State is part of the Women in Film Series supported by Virginia Commission for the Arts & National Endowment for the Arts


Wednesday, October 21


10:00 AM


Virtual Screening

Film Info

Director: Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss

Runtime: 109 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2020

Country: United States