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WATCH: First Trailer Released For Tribeca Award-Winning Feature ‘Burning Cane’

Array Releasing have debuted the first trailer for “Burning Cane,” the Tribeca award-winning feature from director Phillip Youmans. The film won at Tribeca for Best Narrative Feature, Best Actor for Wendell Pierce and Best Cinematography.

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.

Youmans’ film marks the New Orleans filmmaker as the youngest director to ever have their film featured in-competition at Tribeca. His film is also the first from an African American director to win the festival’s Founders Award. Youmans directs, writes and shoots the film himself. He is an NYU film student whose past short film projects include “Ivory,” “My Sweet Boy” and “Nairobi.”

“Burning Cane” stars Wendell Pierce, who starred in “Selma” and can be seen in the upcoming film, “Clemency” opposite Alfre Woodard. Youmans’ film also stars Karen Kaia Livers, Dominique McClellan and Braelyn Kelly.

“Everyone at ARRAY fell in love with this beautiful film and this dynamic filmmaker. We’re delighted to share Phillip’s talent while showcasing Burning Cane as our 24th acquisition,” said ARRAY in a statement.

In early September, Ava DuVernay’s Array Releasing acquired “Burning Cane for distribution. “Burning Cane” will be distributed in select theaters and on Netflix November 6. The film is also set to screen at the BFI London Film Festival October 11.


What do you think of the first trailer for “Burning Cane,” from Phillip Youmans? Do you think this Tribeca award-winning feature can make a splash in some critics groups this season? Share your thoughts in the comments below!



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Written by Jessica Peña

Jessica Peña studied journalism at Volunteer State Community College before she began writing about film on a personal blog that sprouted from an electronic media course. She is now a film journalist for Awards Circuit, as well as a content editor and writer for the UK-based site JumpCut Online. She also loves the Child's Play/Chucky franchise with no end in sight.

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