Current Chicagoan filmmaker Stephen Cone ­— who was born and raised in Charleston — is returning to his hometown in July to film his second full-length feature, The Wise Kids. “On a personal note, this is the most important and personal project of my artistic life thus far, and the film I’ve been working towards since my self-education in film began in 2005,” he says on his website ( The Wise Kids will focus on the lives of three teenagers in the period between high school and college. Themes include religion, homosexuality, and all-around growing pains. His previous films include The Christians and In Memoriam.

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