NEW YORK — Phillip Youmans was simply 17 and ending highschool when he accomplished his lyrical debut function movie, “Burning Cane.” Now, his film has gained the highest award on the 18th Tribeca Movie Pageant.
“Burning Cane” gained three awards at Tribeca on Thursday, together with finest U.S. narrative function. The movie additionally took awards for finest cinematography and finest actor for Wendell Pierce (”The Wire”) who stars as a Louisiana preacher drunkenly grieving the lack of his spouse.
Youmans, a New Orleans native, is presently a freshman at New York College. With the award, he wins a prize of $20,000. He’s the youngest filmmaker to ever compete on the Tribeca Movie Pageant, not to mention win its prime award. He’s additionally the primary African American director to win the award.
Set in rural Southern Louisiana, “Burning Cane” was impressed by Youmans’ upbringing within the Baptist church. He helped elevate cash for the movie via crowd-sourcing, and ultimately landed Benh Zeitlin, the director of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” as an government producer.
The jury that selected the best-narrative function award hailed Youmans, who additionally wrote his movie’s script, as “a voice that’s searingly authentic.”
“We liked this filmmaker’s imaginative and prescient and we love this filmmaker’s inevitable good future,” stated the jury.
Tribeca additionally awarded finest documentary to Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin’s “Scheme Birds,” a couple of Scottish lady’s coming of age, and finest worldwide movie to Bora Kim’s “Home of Hummingbird,” a South Korean drama about an eighth-grader in 1994 Seoul. Like “Burning Cane,” each are feature-length directing debuts.
“This 12 months’s winners sign a vibrant future forward for unbiased movie,” Pageant Director Cara Cusumano stated in an announcement.
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