Burning Cane

SYNOPSIS

Winner of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival for best narrative feature, 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.. 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 African-American community.

CAST & CREDITS

Principal Cast
Rev. Pastor Joseph Tillman……..Wendell
Pierce Helen Wayne…………………..Karen Kaia Livers Daniel
Wayne………….….Dominique McClellan Jeremiah
Wayne……………………Braelyn Kelly
Sherry Bland……….………….E’myri Crutchfield
Marsha Bland……………………Cynthia Capers
Dianne (Choir Leader)………………Erika Woods
Organist……………………….……Kevin Gullage
Operator…………….……….AnneMarie Bernard
Officer……………………………Robert Florence
Gus Ladeaux……………………..…Harold Clark

Written and Directed by: Phillip Youmans
Produced by: Phillip Youmans, Mose Mayer, Ojo Akinlana, Cassandra Youmans, Wendell Pierce, Karen Kaia Livers, Isaac Webb, Jakob Johnson
Executive Producer: Benh Zeitlin Associate Producers: Rahsaan Ison, Josh Mayer, Jill Dupré, Louis Livers Jr.
Cinematography: Phillip Youmans
Edited: Phillip Youmans and Ruby Kline

Director’s Biography

New Orleans born, 19 year old PHILLIP YOUMANS wrote and directed his first feature-length film BURNING CANE while still in high school. His latest short film, "Nairobi," made with Solange Knowles’ creative agency Saint Heron, and his latest documentary "The Vanguard: Days with Jon Batiste," about musician Jon Batiste and the Stay Human band, will premiere later this year. Youmans founded his production company Denizen Pictures with producing partners Mose Mayer and Ojo Akinlana.

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