Apple and the A24 film studio acquired the rights to ?Boys State,? a political documentary that examines the health of democracy in the United States.
Apple would have paid 10 million dollars to acquire this documentary produced by Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine. Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs, is the executive producer of the project.
Boys State presents a very special experience: 1,000 17-year-old boys from all over Texas come together to build a representative government from scratch and reproduce some of the worst principles and failings of democracy.
Here's how the documentary is presented:
Tie yourself in and get ready for a wild trip. Boys State is a high school political story that examines the health of American democracy through an unusual experience: a thousand 17-year-old boys from all over the state of Texas come together to build a representative government from scratch. Prestigious ideals collide with dirty stuff, while four guys from different political backgrounds and perspectives face the challenge of organizing political parties, building consensus and campaigning for the highest office of the state of Texas Boys, that of governor.
Threats of impeachment, dramatic debates, victories of the same disadvantaged and even perverse members are documented. The filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine (The Overnighters) trace the dramatic twists and turns of these stories to reveal profound truths about our political choices and our civil obligations, but also to remind us, in the end, that democracy is not a sport for spectators. With a clever intuition that will make the public discuss, Boys State is the mirror of our divided country.
Before being acquired by Apple, the documentary was screened on January 24 at the Sundance Film Festival.