Boys State political documentary jumps from Sundance to Apple TV+

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“Boys State” is headed for Apple TV+
Boys State looks at American democracy through the eyes of teens.
Photo: Mile End Films

Boys State enjoyed standing ovations at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend. And Apple liked it so much, it bought the rights to this political coming-of-age story.

Boys State examines the health of American democracy

The documentary tells the story of an unusual experiment: a thousand 17-year-old boys from across Texas gather to build a representative government. And it doesn’t go smoothly. There are impeachment threats, dramatic debates, underdog victories and even internet memes.

“It’s been an incredible experience watching audiences fall in love with Boys State at Sundance,” said directors Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine. “Along with Concordia Studio, we are thrilled to partner with two incredible companies, Apple and A24, that will help bring Boys State to audiences all over the world.”

Apple TV+ will apparently stream this documentary, while A24 will release it in theaters. The date for either release isn’t known.

The rights to Boys State sold for $10 million, according to Hollywood Reporter.

Apple TV+ loves documentaries

Apple’s streaming service is still new, but it’s building up a stable of documentary content. It launched with The Elephant Queen, and the series Little America examines the lives of US immigrants.

Recently, Apple TV+ announced plans to release Beastie Boys Story as well as Dear…, a documentary series profiling internationally recognized leaders.