Nantucket Film Festival has announced via a press release that the Apple and A24 documentary “Boys State” is set to open NFF NOW: AT HOME. The previously announced online film series takes the place of the traditional Nantucket Film Festival this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Directed by Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss, the political documentary “Boys State,” picked up the US Documentary Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film follows a thousand teenage boys in Texas who create a mock government from the ground up. McBaine and Moss will take part in a Q&A following the documentary’s presentation, two of many filmmakers participating in the unique online event.
The virtual festival also includes an In Their Shoes…Conversation series, with previously announced participants including screenwriters Norman Lear (“All in the Family”)and Eric Roth (“A Star is Born“). Nantucket Film Festival has also revealed today that Michael Ian Black (“The State”) will join the series in an interview with Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley“) and Ben Schwartz (“Sonic the Hedgehog”).
The event runs during the originally scheduled festival dates, beginning June 23 and continuing through June 30, with passes available through their website, providing access to the complete event. The full list of the previously announced online program can be found here.
NFF also revealed the winners of the Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition, with Shia LaBeouf picking up the top prize for “Minor Modifications” which follows a Texan teen and the complexities of identity and relationship struggles. Past Feature Screenplay winners include Elizabeth Chatelain for “Sundogs” and Patrick Tobin for “Cake.”
Other award winners include Andi Delott for “Being Seen,” Rob Eckard for “Drywall” and Sarah Smith for “Martha,” with the festival continuing its triumphant efforts to promote and appreciate the art of screenwriting and storytelling. Excerpts from all of these award-winning screenplays will be showcased during the online event.