A political coming-of-age story, Boys State is a journey into the heart of American democracy through an annual rite of passage in which a thousand teenage boys from across Texas come together to build a representative government from the ground up.
Digital conversation with Directors Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss, moderated by Anne Thompson, Editor at Large at IndieWire. Closed-captioned and ASL interpreted.
Event participant bio
Amanda McBaine, Director/Producer
Amanda McBaine is a Sundance Award-winning producer making her feature directing debut with Boys State. As a producer, her films include The Overnighters, The Bandit, Speedo 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.
Jesse Moss, Director/Producer
Jesse Moss is an acclaimed documentary filmmaker. His films include The Overnighters (Sundance Special Jury Prize for Intuitive Filmmaking), recognized by many critics as the top documentary of 2014; The Bandit; Full Battle Rattle (SXSW Special Jury Prize); Speedo: A Demolition Derby Love Story; and Con Man. Recent work includes, in collaboration with Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions, the “Payday” episode of the Netflix series “Dirty Money,” and “The Family,” a five-part Netflix series, about an enigmatic and influential Christian organization, based on Jeff Sharlet’s best-selling book. His recent short La Boca Del Lobo for the New York Times Op Doc series, about the impact of immigration-related arrests on the Hispanic community in Atlanta, marked his first collaboration with Concordia Studio. He also produced Gay Chorus Deep South (2019 Tribeca Audience Award) and William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe (Sundance 2010). He frequently works with his wife and co-conspirator Amanda McBaine.