Princess Cyd

Synopsis: Eager to escape life with her depressive single father, 16-year-old athlete Cyd Loughlin visits her novelist aunt in Chicago over the summer. While there, she falls for a girl in the neighborhood, even as she and her aunt gently challenge each other in the realms of sex and spirit.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Stephen Cone
Production: Wolfe Releasing
  3 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min


911, what's your emergency?

Yeah, um, could you please

send someone to 452 Meredith Lane?

We have, um, some,

some bodies here.

Do you need medical?

Um, no, no, ma'am.

All right, so the parties

are deceased?

- Yes.

- Are you safe?

Yeah, we're the neighbors.

We, we heard some shots

and came over and...

Is there anyone

else in the house?

Just a little girl.

She's upstairs with my wife.

Okay, someone will

be there right away.

Thank you.

- That's it.

- That's it.

Nice, girls, nice.

I don't know,

I just feel like when

these so-called skeptics

of any and all...

religious faiths,

spirituality, metaphysics...

whatever you wanna

call it,

are tempted to shut

the idea out completely...

I think that it's important that the

question be asked, what is the difference

between the material that they talk

about and study and meditate upon,

and the spirit

which we talk about

and study and meditate upon.

Is there actually a difference?

Or is it really just...

a different way

of thinking or of seeing?

And I'm not so sure

that there is a difference.

Anyway, these are just...

they are some of the ideas

that I hope

come across in the novel.

All right, I'm, I'm out of words.

I'm sure that's not true.

But that does

bring us to a close.

So I wanna thank you all

for being here

and a very special thanks to Miranda

Ruth for making time for us.

You're welcome.

I need to take this. Excuse me.

I just think

getting away would be good for her,

good for both of us, actually.

We've been going at each other

a lot lately.

And she's interested in Chicago

for college, so yeah.

Well... I'm not sure how exciting I'd

be but of course I'd love to have her.

- Um, how long?

- I don't know. Couple of weeks?

That would be fine. Um...

When were you thinking?

As soon as possible.

Okay, yeah, um, yeah,

we can make that work, sure.

...opportunity for

some literary contest...

- Family.

- Everything okay?


Thank you. Yeah.

Oh, my God!

You grew up. Hey.


Oh, welcome, sweetheart.

- Thanks.

- Um-hmm, come on then.

- How was your flight?

- A little bumpy.

- Yeah? Oh, can I get that?

- Oh, no, no, no, thanks, I got it.

You were little

when you were last here.

You probably don't

remember this place.

I do... now.

I live upstairs. So why don't you

come on in, we'll get you settled.

- And here it is.

- Oh.

Small but it's cozy.

The light is brilliant

in the morning.

And a chair in the corner makes

for a really nice reading nook.

Oh, I don't really read.

Well, there're some real gems on the

bookshelf if you decide to give it a go.

Do you have WiFi?

I do. Uh, RalphWaldo

is the name of it.

- Okay.

- And the password is...

all caps...

Hawthorne with an e...

eighteen fifty.

And that's the year that The Scarlet

Letter was... you don't care.

Got it. Thank you.

That's the year The Scarlet

Letter was published?

Yeah, yeah.

- Cool.

- Are you hungry?

Uh, yeah. A little.

Um... well, just get settled

and whenever you're ready

come down and we eat.


This was your mom's room,

by the way.

Hey, I'm just about ready.

Um, you can go take a peek

out back if you like,

I think that's where

we're gonna eat lunch.

Do you eat potato salad?

Oh, sh*t!

- What?

- Are you vegetarian?

- I'm sorry. I have...

- No, no, no, no...

- You're not?

- No, I'm kidding.

You're so bad.

Your dad told me that you were thinking

about coming up here for college?

- That's exciting.

- Yeah, maybe.

Um... it depends on where

I can get a scholarship.

Well, your mom went to DePaul, of course,

and that's a good one... and, um...

UFC, University of Chicago, that's

where I teach occasionally.

Although, they're a little nuts

there so...

...might want to

avoid that one.

Okay. Will do.

What about you? Um, how's...

books, how's books and stuff?

Books and stuff are good.

I've been doing

I feel a lot of press

for this new thing,

uh, this novel...

- Hmm, what's it called?

- In the Dawn.

- What's it about?

- Oh, really?

Well, it's about...

It's about this woman

named Jacqueline,

and on her 50th birthday, she...

- You sure you want to hear this?

- Sure.

Um, what else are we gonna talk about?

Good point. Um...

So on her 50th birthday,

she starts to become

extra sensitive to the sun,

um, it starts to affect her...

her relationships,

her friendships, her work...

Uh... well,

I'm not sure how much

you really want

me to tell you...

- but...

- You can tell me all of it.

That's no fun.

Well... isn't that, like,

what you're supposed to do

with stories?

Well... yeah,

but I mean when you...

worked for two years on the

heart of it...

Okay, but I'm not gonna read it.

Fair enough.

Um... well, come to find out

she's been doing a lot of...

research on, uh, on this

condition called photo phobia...

Is that real?

It is, but in my version

it's a little heightened.

Um, anyway, so she...

she's doing this research

and then she realizes

that it dates back centuries

in her own family and, uh...

it's original name,

Aether Evaisthis'a,

actually comes from a Greek god.

- So, she...

- Oh, you write fantasy?

No, no, I don't write fantasy.

A lot of my work has some...

some metaphysical themes

and some spiritual themes

but it's realism.

- Um... it's true...

- Sounds like fantasy.

No, no, it's not. It's...

Um, so... she, uh,

decides to go Greece

to get to the bottom of this...

and then when she gets there,

she gets into this...

Be good to see

where your mom came from, huh?

- Hey.

- Hey, doll!

We could have rescheduled. I didn't

mean to mess up time with your niece.

Oh, no, no.

She's running some...

We may never see her again.

I haven't seen her

since she was...

She must have been eight,

that's right after the funeral.

I heard she was there

when it happened.

Yes, fast asleep but...

yeah, she was in the house.


She plays soccer.

Whatever will you talk about?

Ha, I...

That's the thing, I'm scared.

And she seems funny,

she's smart but...

I don't know,

hopefully she likes me.

Rest assured.

So, okay. Where did we...

Where did we leave off?

Uh, part two,

chapter one but we can

backtrack if you've got

any structural...

How is our timing?

When are you showing this...

I told them late summer.

- Oh!

- Yeah.

Well, then, it'll be fine

'cause I really think

the second half, it's just more

about what can come out...

- Rather than any drastic...

- Right, any drastic changes.

Uh... but I will say

if we can back it up...

I thought we might

want to zero in...

If we can back it up

to the end of part one...


I just think it's sort of...

No, it's these two opposing

problems that are dividing the book

a third of the way in.


the inner part one's characterization,

they're beautiful...

They really are,

but I mentioned that last week

I just think that

the information is just being

kind of clunkily laid out.

Right, which I personally

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Stephen Cone

Stephen Cone (born August 10, 1980) is a Chicago-based filmmaker, educator, and actor. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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