In an interview with Hammer to Nail, Stephen Cone, writer and director of Princess Cyd, said, “More than coming out, or sexual discovery, for me it’s this continued kind of nature vs. spirit and body vs. soul, and how do we balance our inner lives with our external lives.”
Cone is a professor in Northwestern University’s Radio / Film / Television department. He also wrote and directed Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party (2015) and The Wise Kids (2011).
He sat down for a conversation with us about Princess Cyd and his history with film.
Where was Princess Cyd first screened in front of an audience (where you attended)?
Maryland Film Festival in Baltimore.
My Southern Baptist minister father took me to see PHILADELPHIA when I was 13, in Florence, South Carolina – something I remain profoundly grateful for. A few years later, I saw my first proper gay indie, BEAUTIFUL THING, on a weekend night with my high school friends. I also vividly remember watching TORCH SONG TRILOGY and THE CELLULOID CLOSET early on, by myself.
Either a novelist or a film critic/programmer/curator.
ON: Confidence, kindness. OFF: Phoniness, inauthenticity.
Well, I imagine Tampa Bay is a summer souffle filled with mind-dwelling folks and body-dwelling folks, young and old, just like the movie.
Probably ambitious and kind and occasionally funny and a little bit elusive.