The Wise Kids
A film by Stephen Cone
REELING 2011: Reeling is proud to kick off ten days of exceptional filmmaking with our Opening Night selection, The Wise Kids by Stephen Cone, marking the first time that the festival has opened with a film directed by a Chicago-based filmmaker.
This coming-of-age drama takes place in the transitional space between high school and college, when three teens, their lives centered around a Southern Baptist church, are about to embark on new lives, attempting to hand on to what they have and to one another, while yearning to break free. This award-winning critically acclaimed film is directed by Chicago filmmaker Stephen Cone and features a “brilliant cast of young actors” (Variety). (91 min.)
A thoughtful and evocative coming-of-age drama, THE WISE KIDS takes place in the transitional space between high school and college, when life seems to be all questions and no answers, and the future is scarily wide open. Set in and around a Charleston, SC Baptist church, weaving through this ensemble piece are three main characters – Brea, an introspective pastor’s daughter experiencing debilitating doubt; the hyperactive Laura, Brea’s best friend and a devout believer; and Tim, the open-hearted son of a single father, confronting his homosexuality for the first time. Tensions and buried feelings abound, as colleges are chosen and adults behave badly, as Brea, Laura and Tim attempt to hang onto what they have, all the while yearning to break free.
$12 admission (film only)