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Pat Healy, Tyler Ross, and Cole Doman to Lead Stephen Cone-Helmed ‘Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party’

Written by on July 8, 2014 

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There’s good reason to pay attention to Stephen Cone, a Chicago-based filmmaker who’d garnered acclaim from some of that city’s biggest critics when The Wise Kids hit theaters in 2012. (You can view / purchase the effort through Amazon or iTunes.) His latest feature, Black Box, has recently been completed — also receiving strong reviews during a limited festival run — and is expected to arrive this September, yet this writer-director is less than a week from beginning the next title, which The Film Stage is both proud and pleased to exclusively announce today.

Again tackling themes concerning youth, burgeoning homosexuality, and the influence religious life can exert on both, Cone will, on July 14, begin shooting a “partially-LGBT-themed coming-of-age movie” titled Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party. Centered on an ensemble — led by newcomer Cole Doman, here portraying the eponymous character — it’s “[set] entirely at a questioning preacher’s kid’s 17th birthday pool party,” the helmer “examining even more intimately and profoundly the theme of identity in middle America.”

Pat Healy and Tyler Ross (The Killing, American Milkshake) are contributing to a cast rounded out by “Chicago’s best” — Kelly O’Sullivan (Sirens), Francis Guinan (All Good Things, Boss), Elizabeth Laidlaw (Crisis, Boss), and Spencer Curnutt (Trust) — which also features Meg Thalken, Hanna Dworkin, Patrick Andrews, Darci Nalepa and Travis Knight, as well as newbies Nina Ganet, Daniel Kyri, Zoe Tyson, Jack Ball, Mia Hulen, Joe Keery, Melanie Neilan, and Grace Melon. Based on the first credentials alone, Cone‘s feature is already shaping up to be one of next year’s more promising indie titles.

What do you think of this project, based on these first details? Have you seen any of Cone’s other work?

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