Burning Cane

Friday, October 25 - Thursday, October 31, 2019

Please note that the 5:10pm and 7:20pm showtimes on Thu Oct 31 will have tickets available at the box office only due to the Halloween Parade shutting down the W 4 St subway station.

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 African-American community.

Official selection: Tribeca Film Festival

NYT Critic’s Pick!

“Phillip Youmans’ moody documentary-like drama turns a handful of downbeat lives in rural Louisiana into a poetic adventure in seeing.” – Variety

“One of the most exciting black films of the year so far, and it establishes Youmans as mature director with a fully-realized voice despite his youth.” – IndieWire

  • Country USA
  • Running Time 78 minutes
  • Distributor Array
  • Director Phillip Youmans
  • Writer Phillip Youmans
  • Producer Benh Zeitlin (Executive Producer)
  • Editor Phillip Youmans, Ruby Kline
  • Cinematographer Phillip Youmans
  • Cast Wendell Pierce, Karen Kaia Livers, Dominique McClellan, Braelyn Kelly, E'myri Crutchfield, Cynthia Capers
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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