Disruptor Beam lays off nine as it pivots away from game development

first_imgDisruptor Beam lays off nine as it pivots away from game developmentFinal game project canceled, company to focus solely on Disruptor Engine platformRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterTuesday 10th March 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleDisruptor BeamDisruptor Beam has laid off nine of its game development staff as a part of the company’s pivot to focus solely on its Disruptor Engine, GamesIndustry.biz has confirmed.In a statement, CEO Jon Radoff said that the layoffs affected developers involved in the company’s final in-progress game development project, which it had planned to complete following the sale of Star Trek Timelines to Tilting Point.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games However, he added, the licensor for the project said they did not wish to continue with the game, forcing Disruptor Beam to cancel it and lay off its team.Disruptor Beam has retained the engineering and development staff working on its free-to-play, games-as-a-service-focused Disruptor Engine, which it will prioritize going forward.The company also lost an additional 19 staff members last week with the announcement of Star Trek Timelines’ move to Tilting Point, with the key members of that game’s team — including former Disruptor Beam CTO David Cham — forming new, Tilting Point-owned studio Wicked Realm Games in Boston.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesBeamable files for bankruptcyThe studio formerly known as Disruptor Beam reported $3.4 million in liabilitiesBy Marie Dealessandri 6 months agoDisruptor Beam rebrands as BeamableStar Trek Timelines studio drops games development to focus on back-end tech for free-to-play gamesBy James Batchelor A year agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Total JV to develop 12 solar plus energy storage projects in…

first_img BRICS “Both 174 Power Global and Total have a strong understanding of one another’s business strategies and investment standards. This is a great partnership, and we are excited to work with the Total team and further our joint commitment to clean renewable energy and low-carbon investments.” As part of its ambition to get to net zero by 2050, Total is building a portfolio of activities in renewables and electricity that could account for up to 40% of its sales by 2050. At the end of 2020, Total’s gross power generation capacity worldwide was around 12GW, including close to 7GW of renewable energy. Total and 174 Power Global, a wholly-owned Hanwha Group affiliate, have signed an agreement to form a 50/50 joint venture (JV) to develop 12 utility-scale solar and energy storage projects of 1.6GW cumulative capacity in the US, transferred from 174 Power Global’s development pipeline.  AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector With the objective of reaching 35GW of production capacity from renewable sources by 2025, Total will continue to expand its business to become one of the world leaders in renewable energies. The first project started production in 2020, and the remainder will be put on stream between 2022 and 2024. “I am very pleased to extend our long-standing cooperation with the Hanwha Group into renewable energies and successfully contribute to the development of solar power generation in the US,” Pouget added. Total, renewables and electricity The JV builds on a strong partnership that combines 174 Power Global’s extensive solar project development experience in the US with Total’s decade-long international expertise in the development of solar projects.   Located in Texas, Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming and Virginia the projects will produce clean and reliable energy across the US and lead to the creation of jobs in engineering, construction and plant operations, declared a joint press release. “This transaction is a first significant step for Total in the US utility scale solar market, in line with our 2025 ambition to achieve 35GW of renewables production capacity worldwide. I am confident that this will pave the way to more opportunities in the US renewables and storage market,” said Julien Pouget, Director Renewables of Total. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development 174 Power Global President and CEO, Henry Yun, also commented: “We are pleased to partner with Total and see significant opportunities for our JV to expand our solar and energy storage footprint. TAGSclean powerTotalUS Previous articleSouth Africa: New learnership programme for HVAC skills developmentNext articleCoca-Cola replenishing water supply in South Africa Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Have you read?Funding these 10 key sectors will accelerate decarbonisation – IFC Generation RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Finance and Policylast_img read more

Useful Remedies for Menstrual Cramps- Now beat the MC pain!

first_imgFoot Massage: Your feet have pressure points that provide instant relief in period cramps. These points are above your ankle bones on the width of your 3 fingers. Massaging properly reduces the pain of your menstrual cramps and also relieves symptoms such as bloating, insomnia, etc.Hope this blog will work for all of you and you will be able to reduce the pain of your menstrual cramps. Heating Pad: You can use a heating pad multiple times a day. You can apply a heating pad on your lower abdomen, and lower back as it provides relief and reduces the pain of cramps.Essential Oils: You can use essential oils such as lavender oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, and peppermint oil and massage your paining areas since they contain pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.Chamomile and Green Tea: Chamomile tea is a natural antispasmodic that relaxes the uterine muscles and helps in reducing cramps. Green tea also contains flavonoids and has anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea is also a natural antioxidant causing pain relief of menstrual cramps.Vitamin D & Yogurt: Vitamin D provides relief from menstrual pains and cramps. Vitamin D reduces the production of prostaglandin hormones (which cause cramps). You can eat things like fish, cheese, orange juice for vitamin D. Yogurt contains plenty of calcium and vitamin D. You can also use yogurt with your daily meal. If you are pregnant, or pain is increasing, menstrual cramps are getting longer than normal days, if you get a fever while your menstrual period cycle, then you should contact your doctor or gynecologist without any delay.Preventive tips for menstrual cramps: Take a healthy and balanced diet that contains fresh fruits and vegetables. Keep your intake of caffeine (coffee) and alcohol (if you drink) to a limit. Eat less sweety and salty food and exercise regularly. Take less stress and do not smoke. Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated. Do meditation and yoga positions like a child’s position, Shavasana, and always be happy.Apart from all these preventive measures, I am also going to tell you about some home remedies that you can use at home. Menstrual cramps are called dysmenorrhea in medical language. Mentalural cramps are mostly caused by the contraction and relaxation of the uterine muscles that occur during the menstrual cycle. They give you a lot of discomforts and cause pain in your abdomen, lower back, and thighs.Period cramps or menstrual cramps are due to these reasons: due to heavy blood flow, if you are carrying your first child, from the overproduction of prostaglandin hormones, or if you are younger than 20 years or your periods have just started. Symptoms of menstrual cramps: pain or cramp in your lower abdomen, persistent pain in your lower back, headache, nausea, mild diarrhoea, fatigue, or dizziness.last_img read more

Madrid Promises Fine Sport

first_img Horse Sport Enews Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! The FEI European Jumping Championships celebrates its 31st anniversary as the action begins at the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid in Spain next Tuesday.  At the inaugural Championship in Rotterdam (NED) back in 1957, where there were only individual medals on offer, just eight riders competed, and it was no surprise when Germany’s Hans Gunther Winkler took the title.Fast-forward 54 years, and the 2011 fixture has attracted 85 riders from 22 countries, while 17 nations will fight it out for the team medals which were first introduced at Munich (GER) in 1975.  The team title on that occasion went to the host nation, which also claimed individual gold (Alwin Schockemohle), silver (Hartwig Steenken) and bronze (Sonke Sonksen).  The German record in these Championships is extraordinary – 45 medals in total including 14 individual and 6 sets of team gold.  Their nearest challengers in terms of supremacy are the British, but with a relatively modest 28 medals, including six individual and four team gold, they are a long way adrift of their German counterparts.PARTICULARLY SIGNIFICANTStaged every two years, in the middle of the Olympic cycle, the FEI European Jumping Championships are particularly significant in the season preceding the Olympic Games.  With London 2012 growing ever-closer, there is great pressure on the non-qualified nations to take this final opportunity to earn one of the three remaining places.As hosts, the British are automatically qualified, and during last year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky (USA), Germany, France, Belgium, Brazil, Canada and Australia booked their Olympic tickets, while The Ukraine secured a qualifying spot at Aachen (GER) this summer.  That leaves nine countries – Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland and Sweden – battling it out next week, and all determined to do their very best to clinch one of the three coveted spots.DEFENDING CHAMPIONSThe Swiss are defending European Team Champions, having taken their fourth title at Windsor (GBR) in 2009.  And anyone overlooking them this time around would be unwise.  Because although they fell out of the top-level FEI Nations Cup™ series at the end of last season, they will be back with all guns blazing in 2012 after cruising to victory in the 2011 FEI Promotional League series.  On form, they could be a powerful force to be reckoned with. As could the Swedish side which was just pipped in the Promotional League and is hungry to return to the elite level of team jumping.The Dutch should take one of the Olympic qualifying places if their 2011 FEI Nations Cup™ success-rate is anything to go by.  They racked up a hat-trick of wins in Rome (ITA), St Gallen (SUI) and Aachen (GER) this summer and were heading the leaderboard right into the closing stages until finally overtaken by Germany.  Denmark struggled long and hard in the series, as did Spain and Poland last season, but the Irish were fairly comfortable and are expected to put in a competitive effort next week.  However, in keeping with the unpredictable nature of Nations Cup jumping, the element of surprise is never far away.  At Windsor two years ago the Italians, who had just been relegated from the Meydan FEI Nations Cup™ series, sensationally took team silver while Germany had to settle for bronze.THE GERMAN CHALLENGEThere is no escaping the strength of the German challenge this time however.  Ludger Beerbaum, Marcus Ehning, Marco Kutscher and Carsten-Otto Nagel are already a formidable force, even before the addition of that extra ingredient of excitement supplied by this summer’s Aachen Grand Prix winner Janne-Friederike Meyer.  And when the reigning world champions set their sights on a goal, like they did as the 2011 FEI Nations Cup™ series was drawing to a close, they usually get the job done. They won’t be too far down the order in the battle for the individual medals either.Defending individual champion is Kevin Staut from France, but, after a season of mixed fortunes, he will need to return to the very top of his game if he is to be in with a chance of doing the double.  So many of the participating countries have possible contenders – the German squad alone is bursting with brilliant partnerships including double-European-champion Beerbaum with Gotha, and Nagel and his lovely mare Corradina who were silver medallists in 2009.  Could Meyer become only the third woman to take gold in the history of the Championships, following in the footsteps of Alexandra Ledermann from France in 1999 and German compatriot, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, in 2007?  World champion Philippe Le Jeune from Belgium will be hoping to add European gold to his career record, and if the performance of Nick Skelton and Carlo at Dublin Horse Show this year was anything to go by, then the 53 year old British rider will not be far off the pace.      ROLL OF HONOURSo many great horses and riders have carved their names onto the FEI European Jumping Championships roll-of-honour – Britain’s David Broome, with Sunsalve in 1961 and with Mr Softee in 1967 and 1969, Germany’s Paul Schockemohle and Deister who proved untouchable as they swept to a golden hat-trick between 1981 and 1985, the great Jappeloupe ridden by Pierre Durand from France and Britain’s John Whitaker and Milton are just a few.There was a bizarre result at Lucerne in 1966 when there wasn’t a European rider on the podium as the medals went to Brazil’s Nelson Pessoa, America’s Frank Chapot and Argentina’s Hugo Arrambide.  That’s what can happen when you award “Open” status to a fixture – but the cream always comes to the top, and these Championships promise a feast of great sport before the 2011 champions are crowned.For further information on the FEI European Jumping Championships 2011, visit http://www.europeanjumping2011.com/FACTS AND FIGURES– Riders from 22 nations will compete.– 17 countries have entered teams:  Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, and Ukraine.– 5 nations will be represented by individuals: Czech Republic (2), Liechtenstein (1), Luxembourg (1), Russia (1), and Slovakia (1).– Horses representing 20 breeds will participate.– A total of 83 riders are listed in the definite entries (8 September 2011).– Germany heads the individual gold medal winning table with 14 to date.  British riders have been successful on 6 occasions and French riders have taken the individual title four times.– Germany also leads the team gold medal winning table with a total of six sets of gold medals since 1975.  Next in line are Great Britain and the defending champions from Switzerland with four sets each followed by The Netherlands with three.– Only two women have ever won the FEI European Championship individual title : Alexandra Ledermann (FRA) in 1999 and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (GER) in 2007.– This will be the 30th FEI European Jumping Championships – the first was held in Rotterdam (NED) IN 1957.– This event has taken place in Spain just once before, at Gijon in 1993.– The 2011 FEI European Jumping Championships provide the final opportunity to qualify teams for next year’s Olympic Games in London (GBR).The total prizemoney for the Championship classes is €300,000, of which €120,000 is allocated to the Individual Final. Tags: FEI European Jumping Championships, SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Milton Glaser’s Kips Bay office townhouse sells to New York Review of Books

first_imgMilton Glaser and 207 East 32nd Street (Getty, Google Maps)The Kips Bay office townhouse owned by legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser, who created the “I ❤️ NY” logo, finally sold.The 9,000-square-foot building at 207 East 32nd Street sold for $7.5 million, or $833 per square foot, according to Adelaide Polsinelli, a vice-chair at Compass. Polsinelli began marketing the property in 2019, and had hoped to sell it for $12 million before the pandemic struck.The buyer is the literary magazine The New York Review of Books, which currently occupies an office at 435 Hudson Street in Tribeca. The NYRB did not return a call for comment.The Beaux-Arts building dates back to 1902, and was designed by Robert L. Lyons as a clubhouse for members of the Tammany Hall Central Association. The leader of this division of Tammany Hall was ousted as the property was being completed, and it was soon leased to the city as a court. It features ornate exterior details, including a glass transom etched with “Art is Work” and stone lions that glare down from its mansard roof.Glaser bought the property in 1965, and it became home to New York magazine, which Glaser founded in 1968 with Clay Felker. After the magazine relocated in 1974, Glaser’s office remained.It was here he designed his most famous logo — for free, in an effort to bolster New York’s lagging reputation in the 1970s — as well an iconic Bob Dylan album cover, the logo for the Brooklyn Brewery and a gold bottle for Trump Vodka, along with many other works.Polsinelli said she targeted non-traditional users before identifying two that loved the property.Glaser, who was intimately involved in the sale until his death on June 26, was delighted that the buyer is also a leader in the literary arts, Polsinelli said.last_img read more

Differing views on the enigma that is Turkey

first_imgIn addition to this and other important issues the plan did not guarantee the return of all the refugees to their land and their properties, but only a fraction of them, while allowing all the Turkish settlers to remain in our homes. The plan included permanent derogations from the EU acquis communautaire, while not providing for the real unification of the island; thus, perpetuating its division.Lakis Charalambous President of Kypros Fundación CharalambousCancúnMexico As Europe and the world judges Turkey, perhaps it’s time to learn why these worldly women – archaeologists, missionaries, Peace Corps volunteers, entrepreneurs and more – fell in love with the country, the culture, and its people. We would be pleased to supply you with further information about the project and access to the contributors of true tales that refute the widely held belief that Turkey is a barbaric nation requiring the refined tutelage of Europe and the Western world.The book will be published in English by a Turkish-American press in Istanbul, Winter 2005 and later in Turkish.Anastasia M. Ashman and Jennifer Eaton GokmenIstanbulFrom Lakis Charalambous We agree that Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been an exemplary leader in the region. We also believe that the Turkish culture serves as an example to the rest of Europe, so well developed is it in terms of gentility, civility and humanity.We are joined in this belief by 40 other women from five nations, all expatriate writers like us, who have lived, worked and travelled throughout Turkey for the past four decades. We are collecting their tales in the upcoming non-fiction anthology: Tales From The Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey.center_img I write on behalf of Cypriot citizens, to be precise, from the part of Cyprus that Turkey invaded in an unjust and uneven war in 1974. We Cypriots citizens were forced from our homeland to become refugees along with 200,000 others within our own country.In a few days the EU will decide whether Turkey will be granted the privilege of accession negotiations. We feel it is our obligation to remind you that Turkey still occupies a huge part of our country to this day, a country that is now a member of the European Union, yet Turkey deprives the rights of Cypriots to live in their own land.How is it possible not to demand the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Cyprus, now European soil, and only demand compliance with the Copenhagen criteria prior to accession negotiations?How is it possible to even begin accession negotiations with a country that has not signed the protocol extending the Customs Union with the ten new EU member states, because of Turkey’s refusal to recognize Cyprus, a member of the EU?How is it possible to negotiate the accession of Turkey to the Union when Cypriot refugees are prohibited to reclaim their properties, live in their ancestral homes without moratoriums and restrictions, while other Europeans can live anywhere they wish?We would also like to take this opportunity to clarify that the rejection by the majority of the Greek Cypriots of the Annan Plan was mainly due to the fact that this plan did not include the immediate withdrawal of the Turkish troops and allowed a part of them to remain there forever. last_img read more

FANS To Re-Stream All-Star Lettuce JGB Tribute From LOCKN’ 2018 Ft. Band Q&A Hosted By Kunj Shah

first_imgFANS has announced a live re-broadcast of the Lettuce tribute to Jerry Garcia Band at LOCKN’ 2018 which featured a slew of talented friends including Eric Krasno, Bob Weir, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, and more. The event is set to take place on Wednesday, May 27th at 9:00 p.m. ET.The That Show Was Epic virtual event, hosted on FANS’ immersive livestreaming platform, will feature live commentary from Lettuce members Adam Deitch (drums), Erick “Jesus” Coomes, and Ryan Zoidis (saxophone) as well as a live Q&A hosted by Live For Live Music founder Kunj Shah.For more information on how you can “Be In The Stream” on FANS for the Lettuce JGB tribute rewind, head here. To RSVP and access the stream when it goes live, head to the event page on FANS here.Setlist: Lettuce with Eric Krasno (JGB Tribute) | LOCKN’ Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/25/2018Set: Finders Keepers, I Second That Emotion, Stop That Train$*+, After Midnight*#, Sugaree*#%, Tangled Up In Blue*#%, That’s What Love Will Make You Do*#%, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)*#%, Cats Under The Stars*#, They Love Each Other*#$ with bassist Oteil Burbridge | + keyboardist Kofi Burbridge | * vocalist Alecia Chakour and vocalist Mark Rivers | # with John Mayer | % with Bob WeirLettuce will also be taking part in Live For Live Music’ Quarantine Comes Alive, a virtual music festival, on Saturday, May 30th. All proceeds from the donation-based event will be split between the participating artists and the comprehensive PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund. Working directly with leading non-profit organizations like Sweet Relief, MusiCares, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, World Central Kitchen, Partners In Health, Trans Lifeline, and Backline, the PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund’s goal is to provide aid where it’s needed most. For more information or to donate/RSVP today, head here.last_img read more

Stars of Life Award Winners Visit Congress on Capitol Hill

first_imgAlthough celebrating the contributions of Stars of Life awardees is the primary topic of conversation during Hill Meetings, AAA’s government affairs staff arms awardees and their executive hosts with key talking points to help rally support from congressional members around key legislative priorities for our industry. The American Ambulance Association (AAA) Stars of Life event, which began yesterday and runs through tomorrow at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., is an important annual event that recognizes remarkable EMTs, paramedics, dispatchers, educators, fleet technicians and others awarded with AAA’s Stars of Life awards, but it’s also an important week for our industry to increase its visibility with key members of both houses of the U.S. Congress. The 108 awardees identified as this year’s Stars of Life represent excellence in EMS across the country, and starting today and through tomorrow, they join their executive hosts from agencies around the country to spread the word about their achievements during short Hill Meetings with their U.S. senators and congressional representatives. In an impressive display of coordination by AAA’s government affairs staff, more than 150 Hill Meetings are being held over the two-day period. This year, the primary legislative push is to enlist support for extending the Medicare ambulance add-on payments in order to ensure they don’t expire at the end of the year. The add-on payments are critical for our industry to continue to provide high-quality EMS and medical transport, hire new staff, update equipment, gain access to lifesaving medications and keep response times low. Rural areas are especially vulnerable, as they face a higher Medicare population, lower population density and long transport times.center_img R. Buesking and Darick Day (Madison County Ambulance District) and Renee McClure, Kent Coleman and David Tetrault (St. Francois County Ambulance District) met with U.S. Representative Jason Smith of Missouri. The Stars of Life Hill Meetings are key to pushing this legislation forward, but AAA also encourages everyone to get involved, and they ask that everyone reach out to your members of Congress to support the legislation.R. Buesking and Darick Day (Madison County Ambulance District) and Renee McClure Kent Coleman and David Tetrault (St. Francois County Ambulance District) met with U.S. Representative Rep. Jason Smith of Missouri.last_img read more

37 years After Graduation, Student Sends High School Teacher $10,000

first_imgShe was overwhelmed by his kindness, and said she would’ve been happy with just the surprise phone call.Perz’s penchant for mailing money to former teachers began in 1992 when he sent a $5,000 check to his former calculus teacher. Twenty years later he gave his business instructor $10,000, according to ABC News.Honoring his gift request, Mecham plans to visit her family’s homelands of Norway and Sweden.Mecham runs a charitable effort now and says the event made her stop and think, ‘who do I want to thank’. Additionally, her post on Facebook about the incident caused many friends and strangers to comment about the teachers in their own lives who made a difference.MULTIPLY the Good by Sharing (below) / Photo Credits – Marilyn Mecham TwitterAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore After years of working with the alumni association to search for Mrs. Mecham, he finally found her son’s phone number, which led to a January reunion.The monetary gift included a handwritten note with implicit instructions to spend the money only on herself, noting that he’d be sad otherwise.Mecham, now 62, was a first-year teacher in 1977 when she taught Perz and his classmates how to cook.Fifth Grader Donates Entire $300 Savings To Stop Teacher Layoffs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreKevin Perz took the idea of giving his favorite teacher an apple to another level.The Kansas businessman stunned the woman who was his beloved home economics teacher from 37 years ago with a surprise telephone call–and later a $10,000 thank-you check.Perz, who attended Parkway Central High School in Missouri, expressed his gratitude in a letter to Marilyn Mecham using bold letters, “You were the B-E-S-T teacher EVER!”Students Discover Math Teacher’s Secret Identity… As Baby Cuddlerlast_img read more

MOVIE GUY — Boys State provides fascinating look at America’s political future

first_img But the real power of this film is how it delves into the minds of these young men. These are teenagers who have a budding interest in going into politics when they grow up. Their optimistic views of political service to the country service are inspiring. Then again, some of their jaded thoughts on American politics are also quite distressing.It’s curious that the film draws such divisive reactions. There are some audiences who see the clear-eyed young men in this film and think that there is hope for us yet. Things look rosy if this is an early portrait of our future leaders. Then again, there are others who note that these young men have already learned the power of mudslinging and smear campaigns. I shudder to think of what the future might look like if they are already so adept at playing dirty politics.Any film that can stir up such a range of emotions is obviously very well made. Kudos to the filmmakers who reportedly deployed a half-dozen camera teams in order to cover the sprawling event. And credit them for being smart enough in pre-production to be able to lock onto the major candidates, even though they were unknown students mere days before the event began. It’s not a perfect film. The documentary might have benefitted by showcasing a few other points of view. It should also be noted that, according to my sister, Girls State is where the real drama happens.Perhaps there’s a sequel to come. Either way, Boys State is a fascinating documentary and a thrilling/terrifying look at America’s political future—a must see for anyone who is a political junkie.Boys State is streaming exclusively on Apple TV+. Movie reviews by Sean McBride, “The Movie Guy,” are published each week by Port Arthur Newsmedia and seen weekly on KFDM and Fox4. Sean welcomes your comments via email at [email protected] Boys State is the annual program sponsored by the American Legion where high school students are given a crash course on the American political system. They gather to form a mock legislature and campaign to be elected as the teenage versions of governors, senators and judges.I took part in the program in 1983, and while I recall it being a lot of fun, it didn’t ignite a passion in me for political service. I wonder if things might have been different if I’d attended the Boys State at the center on the new Apple+ documentary.Boys State takes place at the Texas gathering in 2018 and follows a handful of boys as they careen through their mock election process. At its most basic level, this film recreates the tension of a national political race. The filmmakers have been following a handful of the participants, so it’s only natural that we would be invested in the outcome of their campaigns. Boys StateApple TV+Directed by Amanda McBaine and Jesse MossRated PG-13last_img read more