Crafting the Coming of Age Film with Stephen Cone | Dare to Dream Productions Podcast Ep. 6
Dare to Dream Productions Podcast
Director of Princess Cyd, Stephen Cone, a true auteur Chicago-based filmmaker, joins us on this week's podcast to share his advice for independent filmmakers and creating a thought-provoking coming of age film. His films explore coming of age, self-identity, sexuality, and religion. His naturalistic filmmaking style and character growth throughout his films touch the hearts of many and provide each audience member connection to each character. Cone's films have played numerous festivals around the world and recently The Criterion Collection honored his work. Check out his series here Follow Stephen on Instagram: @stephencone About Dare to Dream Productions Podcast: A bi-weekly film podcast hosted by director Bridget Johnson where we unpack your unanswered questions in the Film industry and feature filmmakers from around the world. Find our blog here
"I grew up a queer son of a Southern Baptist minister in South Carolina, and that’s where a lot of this comes from." That's writer/director/actor Stephen Cone telling the New York Times where he drew inspiration for his latest film, a current festival favorite, Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party. His other films include the provocative and enigmatic Black Box and his most widely seen film to date, The Wise Kids. All deal to some extent with issues of spirituality and sexual identity. And all are, to the filmmaker's great surprise, Coming Of Age stories, a genre Cone was never consciously drawn to. He talks to us about his own coming of age, about the challenges of being an independent filmmaker today, and about the potential downside of indie legitimacy. Also on the podcast, with the recent spate of celebrity deaths, mortality is in! So the Hog Butcher Radio Players perform Funeral. And we close with a song by the remarkable Robin Bienemann off of his record Songs About Work.
There are no curtains in the films of Stephen Cone. Well, there are literal curtains, but Cone never attempts to hide the surfaces of his characters, or really paint into anything than what they truly are. The Chicago based filmmaker sits down with Peter on the eve of the local premiere of his award-winning new film, Henry Gamble's Birthday Party. Stephen traces his cinephilia from Kentucky to New York to Chicago, discusses his respects for the craft of criticism, and explains his approach to collaborative sets and trust in making films like The Wise Kids and Black Box. Finally, the two dive into the show's third Jonathan Demme film, his adaptation of Toni Morrison's post-modernist novel Beloved. Declared a vanity project when initially released, the two explore the relationship between Demme and his actors, crafting an unflinching, truly humanist portrait of the American South by embracing subjectivity in the post-slavery era. 0:00-3:13 Opening4:34-8:23 Establishing Shots - Excerpts from Remembering Chantal Akerman9:09-56:36 Deep Focus - Stephen Cone57:02-59:34 Mubi Sponsorship1:00:50-1:18:45 Double Exposure - Beloved (Jonathan Demme)1:18:50-1:20:27 Close
#558: The Martian / Chicago Film Festival Preview w/ Stephen Cone
Filmspotting: Reviews & Top 5s
Telluride, Venice, Toronto, New York… they’ve had their fun. Now it’s Chicago’s turn, as the Fall film festival season sweeps into the Windy City for the 51st annual Chicago International Film Fest. Josh and Adam—with the help of Chicago filmmaker Stephen Cone—sort through the fest's 130 feature titles to offer a few of their most anticipated screenings. Plus, a completely likable review of Ridley Scott's completely likable THE MARTIAN.This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Audible.com.:00-2:38 - Billboard / Squarespace2:38-21:17 - Review: "The Martian"Music: Ne-Hi, "Turncoat"22:29-24:42 - MUBI24:42-37:50 - Notes / Polls37:50-57:34 - Stephen Cone / Top 5: CIFF PreviewMusic: Ne-Hi, "Drag"58:36-1:13:18 - CIFF Preview, cont.1:13:18-1:16:51 - Close / OuttakesMUSIC- Ne-HiLINKS- Josh's review of "The Martian"- Henry Gamble's Birthday Party- Phillips' profile of Stephen Cone- "Junun" on MUBI- Kent Jones' Selected Criticism- Top 5 Anticipated CIFF Movies Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices