DIRECTOR: PHILLIP YOUMANS
CAST: WENDELL PIERCE, KAREN KAIA LIVERS, DOMINIQUE MCCLELLAN, BRAELYN KELLY
Screening followed by a Q&A with Phillip Youmans
Directed by the youngest director to ever have a film in competition at Tribeca Film Festival, Burning Cane tells the story of a deeply religious woman's struggle to reconcile her convictions of faith with the love she has for her alcoholic son and a troubled preacher. Set in rural Louisiana, the ﬁlm explores the relationships within a southern black protestant community, examining the roots of toxic masculinity, how manhood is deﬁned and the dichotomous role of religion within the black community.
19-year-old director Phillip Youmans is an NYU film student and the first African American director to win Tribeca's Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature. Burning Cane also won Best Actor for Wendell Pierce (Clemency, Selma) and Best Cinematography for Youmans.