Burning Cane: Phillip Youmans’ Feature Wins 2019 Tribeca Film Fest Award

Phillip Youmans’ Burning Cane is set amid the cane fields of rural Louisiana, where a deeply religious mother struggling to reconcile her beliefs with the love she has for her troubled son.

The film won the founders award for best narrative feature in the U.S. narrative competition category.

Star Wendell Pierce earned the best actor honors and Youmans was recognized for the film’s cinematography.

Youmans is the youngest director to have a feature at Tribeca; he wrote, directed and shot the film at the age of 17.

He is the first African-American helmer to win this award.