Princess Cyd

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Princess Cyd
Princess Cyd poster.jpg
Directed byStephen Cone
Produced byStephen Cone
Grace Hahn
Bryan Hart
Written byStephen Cone
StarringRebecca Spence
Jessie Pinnick
Malic White
James Vincent Meredith
Tyler Ross
Matthew Quattrocki
Music byHeather McIntosh
CinematographyZoe White
Edited byChristopher Gotschall
Distributed byWolfe Video[1]
Release date
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States

Princess Cyd is a 2017 drama film written and directed by Stephen Cone and starring Rebecca Spence, Jessie Pinnick, and Malic White.[2]


  • Rebecca Spence as Miranda Ruth
  • Jessie Pinnick as Cyd Loughlin
  • Malic White as Katie Sauter
  • James Vincent Meredith as Anthony James
  • Tyler Ross as Tab
  • Matthew Quattrocki as Ridley


Principal photography for Princess Cyd took place in Chicago from August 31 to September 25, 2016. Cone had originally conceived the story as taking place in his childhood home of South Carolina, as with his 2011 breakout film The Wise Kids. Cone later decided to shift the story to Chicago, however, recalling, "...I was walking down Sunnyside Avenue one day, towards my friend's house at Damen and Sunnyside, and I love the houses along the way there, and suddenly the story just kind of shifted in my head." He added, "I thought, very easily one of these houses could be inhabited by a well-regarded Chicago author, and maybe this is a summer tale set in Chicago. So suddenly this female-led excursion into Chicago became a love letter to women, a love letter to Chicago, a love letter to queerness."[3]


The film given its world premiere at the Maryland Film Festival on May 4, 2017.[1] Its New York City premiere was held at the BAMcinemaFest on June 17, 2017.[4] The film was picked up by Wolfe Video in May 2017 for a theatrical and VOD release.[1]


Princess Cyd has received a positive response from film critics. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 92%, based on 24 reviews, and an average rating of 7.7/10.[5] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 72 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[6]

Calum Marsh of The Village Voice compared the film favorably to Cone's previous work Henry Gamble's Birthday Party and called it "an endearing, full-hearted comedy of self-discovery and mentorship and love."[7] The film was similarly praised by Jude Dry of IndieWire, who observed, "In his latest film, Princess Cyd, the Chicago-based writer-director renders his deeply human characters so precisely, it's as if they stepped right off the screen and into your living room. The two central women are equal parts charming, awkward, yearning and lost. In short, they're real. Their complexity is all the more impressive coming from a male filmmaker — Cone proves it's possible for men to write sexually liberated, empowered, autonomous women."[8]

Conversely, Nick Schager of Variety called it a "precious, threadbare indie" and wrote, "Caring more about what its characters represent — and its empathetic representation of them — than about crafting a fully formed drama concerning flesh-and-blood people, Cone's film has little more than its heart in the right place."[4]


  1. ^ a b c Hipes, Patrick (May 4, 2017). "Wolfe Releasing Acquires Coming-Of-Age Pic Princess Cyd'; CinTel To Open 'The Toybox'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  2. ^ Kramer, Gary M. (May 8, 2017). ""Princess Cyd": The coming-of-age film comes of age". Salon. Salon Media Group. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  3. ^ Metz, Nina (August 30, 2016). "Chicago filmmaker Stephen Cone's next indie begins shooting this week". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Schager, Nick (June 17, 2017). "Film Review: 'Princess Cyd'". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  5. ^ "Princess Cyd (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  6. ^ "Princess Cyd Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  7. ^ Marsh, Calum (June 14, 2017). "What You'll See At This Year's BAMcinemaFest". The Village Voice. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  8. ^ Dry, Jude (June 23, 2017). "'Princess Cyd' Review: Now This Is How You Write Strong Female Characters In a Movie". IndieWire. Penske Business Media. Retrieved June 23, 2017.

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