Eager to escape life with her depressive single father, 16-year-old athlete Cyd Loughlin visits her novelist aunt in Chicago over the summer. While there, she falls for a girl in the neighborhood, even as she and her aunt gently challenge each other in the realms of sex and spirit. This filmmaker brought “Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party” to Cucalorus in 2015.
Short Before the Feature: Closet Made of Sheets // Kira Bursky :: Two girls reflect on their secret desires in this romantic fantasy short film.
Stephen Cone is a Chicago–based filmmaker, educator and actor. His film Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, currently streaming on Netflix, was featured in The New York Times “Anatomy of a Scene” series, screened in the prestigious BAMcinemaFest and was the winner of the Silver Q Hugo Award at the 2015 Chicago International Film Festival, while his prior film The Wise Kids was a New York Times Critics Pick and won the Outfest Grand Jury Awards for US Feature and Screenwriting. Stephen has just completed his latest feature, Princess Cyd, now playing festivals worldwide.