From writer-director Stephen Cone, Princess Cyd adds to a nice collection of films showing that the Chicago filmmaking scene is as vibrant as ever. The film is also important in that the coming-of-age film adds to the LGBTQ voices in media.
Written and directed by Cone, the film stars Rebecca Spence, Jessie Pinnick, Malic White, James Vincent Meredith, with Matthew Quattrocki and Tyler Ross. The younger actress makes her feature film debut and rises to the challenge in the title role.
Cone uses the film to explore the relationship between a famous middle-aged novelist, Miranda (Spence) and her bisexual 16-year-old niece, Cyd (Pinnick). The Chicago premiere comes days after bisexual visibility day and the release of Professor Marston and The Wonder Women, perhaps the single-most important film to date that explores a bisexual and polyamorous relationship.
In an era in which so many people struggle to find their true self, Princess Cyd is a beautifully-made film that should encourage people to know that it is better to live authentically than to live a lie.
Princess Cyd will screen at the Chicago International Film Festival on Tuesday, October 17, at 6 PM. Subsequent screenings will be held on Saturday, October 21, at 2:45 PM and Wednesday, October 25, at 3 PM.