Opening Night Film + Party: “Boys State”
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!
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.
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