Apple Shares Trailer for 'Boys State' Documentary Coming to Apple TV+ on August 14

Apple today shared the trailer for "Boys State," a political documentary that's set to be released in a limited number of theaters on July 1 and on Apple TV+ on Friday, August 14.


"Boys State" covers a week-long annual program where 1,100 17-year-old teenage boys in Texas participate in a mock exercise to build their own state government.

The sensational winner of the Grand Jury Prize for documentary at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Boys State is a wildly entertaining and continually revealing immersion into a week-long annual program in which a thousand Texas high school seniors gather for an elaborate mock exercise: building their own state government.

Filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine closely track the escalating tensions that arise within a particularly riveting gubernatorial race, training their cameras on unforgettable teenagers like Ben, a Reagan-loving arch-conservative who brims with confidence despite personal setbacks, and Steven, a progressive-minded child of Mexican immigrants who stands by his convictions amidst the sea of red. In the process, they have created a complex portrait of contemporary American masculinity, as well as a microcosm of our often dispiriting national political divisions that nevertheless manages to plant seeds of hope.

"Boys State," which Apple purchased earlier this year for $10 million, won the Grand Jury Prize for documentary at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Steve Jobs' widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, is one of the executive producers on the film.

In other ‌Apple TV+‌ news, Apple signed an overall deal with "Defending Jacob" creator, executive producer, and showrunner Mark Bomback, which will see him producing new projects for ‌Apple TV+‌.

"Defending Jacob" is said to be among one of the most popular shows on ‌Apple TV+‌. Bomback previously worked on projects like "War for the Planet of the Apes," "Live Free or Die Hard," and "The Wolverine."

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erniefairchild1 Avatar
51 months ago

Sometimes it feels like all that's on ATV+ is documentaries.
Facts don’t care about your feelings, as a wise young man is known to often say.

There are far more scripted productions than documentaries on Apple TV+.

I really enjoyed the Elephant Queen, though! Well done, and moving.
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imola.zhp Avatar
51 months ago
I went to Boy's State in Oklahoma. It was quite an interesting week in the late 90's.
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Ar40 Avatar
51 months ago

Sometimes it feels like all that's on ATV+ is documentaries.
That's funny, because if you look through the content list the documentaries are absolutely dwarfed by the fictional drama and comedy.


Facts don’t care about your feelings, as a wise young man is known to often say.

There are far more scripted productions than documentaries on Apple TV+.

I really enjoyed the Elephant Queen, though! Well done, and moving.
Okay, this is epic. Can I give you 1,000 upvotes for this post please?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cmaier Avatar
51 months ago

there are currently only 2 documentaries on apple tv+
Beastie boys? Dads? Elephants? Visible? Home? Dear? the oprah thing?
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cmaier Avatar
51 months ago
Sometimes it feels like all that's on ATV+ is documentaries.
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supremedesigner Avatar
51 months ago
Boring! I want more action shows, not documentaries. I got free Apple TV+ for a year so it better be worth it
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