Set in rural Louisiana, and in a daring sui generis cinematic style, this awarding winning film, 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 relationships within a southern black protestant community, the roots of its toxic masculinity of African-American manhood and the dichotomous role of religion in the African-American community are explored. BURNING CANNKE is being described and praised as a “lyrical, stunningly assured debut by a 19-year-old New Orleans writer-director-cinematographer-editor” who is still studying at New York University. BURNING CANE won Best Narrative Feature, Best Actor (Wendell Pierce) and Best Cinematography at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.
Starring Wendell Pierce (The Wire), executive produced by Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), and distributed by Ava DuVernay’s Array Releasing.
Showing at the IFC Center in NYC at Friday Oct 25 – Thu Oct 31: 1:10 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 7:20 p.m.
Director Phillip Youmans in person at 5:10 p.m, & 7:20 p.m. shows Friday and Saturday, October 25 & 26.