A self-taught filmmaker who has quietly garnered a reputation as one of American independent cinema’s most thoughtful and compassionate artists, Stephen Cone is a true actor’s director, working intimately with a cast of regulars to tell naturalistic, deeply human stories about coming of age, coming out, and the intricacies of modern-day religion. First coming to attention with THE WISE KIDS, a remarkably nuanced portrait of Bible Belt teenagers dealing with issues of faith and sexuality, Cone has continued to explore themes of adolescent discovery and turmoil in sensitively observed works like HENRY GAMBLE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY and PRINCESS CYD. Triumphs of subtle, empathetic storytelling, Cone’s unjustly under-the-radar films exude an easy, understated grace even as they grapple with some of life’s most complex questions.
Directed by Stephen Cone • 2011 • United States
Starring Molly Kunz, Tyler Ross, Allison Torem
Stephen Cone established himself as one of American independent cinema’s most sensitive and perceptive voices with his critical breakthrough, a radiantly empathetic look at coming of age in the Bible B...
Directed by Stephen Cone • 2015 • United States
Starring Cole Doman, Joe Keery, Elizabeth Laidlaw
One of contemporary cinema’s most sensitive coming-out films, Stephen Cone’s follow-up to his acclaimed breakout feature THE WISE KIDS unfolds over the course of one very eventful day in the life of...