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It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: the official kickoff of the 2020 SFFILM Festival! The festivities begin with an exciting premiere screening at the Castro Theatre, and continue late into the night at the Opening Night Party.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 8


7:00 pm – Boys State · Castro Theatre
9:00 pm – Opening Night Party · August Hall

Opening Night Film

Join us for a special screening of the Sundance-winning documentary Boys State, co-directed by Bay Area doc heroes Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss—a perfect fit for this tumultuous election year.

Opening Night Party

Keep the Opening Night celebration going after the screening and head to August Hall for drinks, discussion, and dancing late into the evening!

Guests Expected

Co-directors Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss are expected to attend and participate in a post-screening Q&A.


“I’m gonna keep my job if it’s the last thing I do,” says one of the “elected officials” in Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine’s prize-winning documentary, and it’s hard not to wince. Filming a group of Texas teens selected to participate in the titular highly respected program, Boys State masterfully observes as they engage in a weeklong course of political instruction, forming parties and platforms and electing candidates. As enthusiasm gives way to the competitive instinct, with members of the two parties turning to ruthless campaigning and sophisticated smear tactics (including “fake news”) to win at all costs, the film holds up an unforgettable mirror to the country’s current political turmoil.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2020

Runtime 109

Country USA

Director Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss

Producer Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss

Editor Jeff Gilbert

Cinematographer Patrick Bresnan, Daniel Carter, Ivy Chiu, Wolfgang Held, Jesse Moss, Martina Radwan, Claudia Raschke, Thorsten Thielow

Music T. Griffin