Apple and film studio partner A24 have purchased the rights to “Boys State” a political coming-of-age documentary that takes a look at the cultural and political climate of the United States.
The Hollywood Reporter reports Apple paid $10 million for the documentary, which was directed by Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine. Laurene Powell Jobs, Steve Jobs’ widow, served as an executive producer on the project.
Directed by Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine, the film rode into the Sundance Film Festival with the buzz of being this year’s American Factory. Boys State chronicles an unusual experiment: 1,000 17-year-old boys from across the state of Texas gather together to build a representative government from the ground up. High-minded ideals collide with low-down dirty tricks as four boys of diverse backgrounds and political views navigate the challenges of organizing political parties, shaping consensus and campaigning for the highest office at Texas Boys State — governor.
The documentary premiered on January 24 at the Sundance Film Festival. The film joins Apple’s original feature film slate, including two other efforts from the company’s partnership with A24: Sofia Coppola’s On the Rocks and Josephine Decker’s The Sky Is Everywhere.