Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Henry Gamble's Birthday Party

Year: 2015
Country: United States
Run Time: 86 minutes

Henry Gamble's Birthday Party
Henry Gamble's Birthday Party
Henry Gamble's Birthday Party

Henry Gamble has a bit of a problem. His father is an Evangelical megachurch preacher, but Henry isn’t likely to follow in his footsteps. It seems like he has feelings for other boys at school, which could put him on a dangerous collision course with his family and their beliefs. Things reach a fever pitch at Henry’s 17th birthday party, as the outdoor pool fills up with chlorine, schoolmates, and mounting tension. Henry’s parents have their own struggles, wrestling with the fallout of a particularly difficult incident that drives a wedge between them and their friends. When the partygoers arrive, including an alcoholic colleague of his father’s, an unrepentant atheist, and a sweet boy who shows Henry some affection, the pool turns into an existential fire pit. With marvelous performances led by newcomer Cole Doman and a soundtrack full of new wave gems, HENRY GAMBLE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY is a warm indie about acceptance and self-discovery that packs a surprising amount of heart. –C.P.

CIFF40 Screenings

Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 11:50 AM

Friday, April 01, 2016 at 8:50 PM

10% Cinema

American Independents Competition

Stephen Cone

Stephen Cone is a Chicago-based filmmaker, playwright, and actor born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1980. He studied theater at the University of South Carolina.

"The Christians" (2008), "In Memoriam" (2011), "The Wise Kids" (2011), "Black Box" (2013), "The Mystery of Life" (2014), "This Afternoon" (2014), HENRY GAMBLE'S BIRTHDAY PARTY (2015)

Laura Klein, Shane Simmons, Stephen Cone, Bryan Hart, Michael Leppen, Leslie Neilan

Stephen Cone

Jason Chiu

Stephen Cone

Principal Cast
Cole Doman, Pat Healy, Elizabeth Laidlaw, Nina Ganet, Francis Guinan

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