The Hoy Boys

In-Person Event Date

February 27, 2021 - 10:00am
Virtual Performance Dates: 
Thursday, February 4, 2021 to Friday, April 30, 2021
Q and A with Filmmaker following the film session:
Andrew Herwitz
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Best Documentary New Hope Film Festival, 2020

Twin photojournalists lead us back to a pre-digital era, when Americans read newspapers and facts mattered.

Working class twin brothers Tom and Frank Hoy hustled up copyboy jobs in 1953 and became White House News Photographers for two major Washington DC newspapers. Frank shot pictures for The Washington Post, and Tom did the same for The Evening Star. Their story is the story of American journalism when it mattered most. Tom and Frank's work was seen by hundreds of thousands of people daily, and as we rediscover their iconic photographs The Hoy Boys provides a lens through which we view the complexities of the past, and we gain a perspective on the chaos of the current media landscape.


Dave Simonds

Dave Simonds (director) directed the documentaries "The Hoy Boys," "Forgotten Farms," "Cherry Cottage: the Story of an American House," and "Confronting Climate Change" with Elizabeth Kolbert. He continues work on the short episodic series “Free Advice from an Old Guy” with Jay Tarses. As an actor, Simonds worked extensively in New York, and regionally at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Long Wharf Theatre, and The Portland Stage Company. He was a familiar face in the indie-film renaissance of the late 80s and early 90s. His screen credits include Amateur, The Book of Life, Signs and Wonders, The Fish in a Bathtub, Henry Fool, B Movie, among many others. He appeared in music videos for Everything But the Girl, Beth Orton and others. He was the co-founder of the award winning Cucaracha Theatre, which was housed in a warehouse in Tribeca before anyone knew how to find Tribeca. The New York Times proclaimed, “Cucaracha Theatre has become a center for some of the most interesting experimental theatre in New York.”