Burning Cane

Amongst the cane fields of rural Louisiana, an aging mother struggles between her religious convictions and the love of her son.
November 2019
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$11 regular admission
$9 matinees (before 6pm)
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Burning Cane

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Director: Phillip Youmans


2019, USA, 77 minutes, Digital, NR

Language: English

Filmmaker Q&A: Phillip Youmans

19-year-old director Phillip Youmans joins us for the opening of his debut feature at the Parkway! Q&A sessions to follow the 7pm and 9pm screenings on Friday, Nov. 22.

Program Notes

Set among the cane fields of rural Louisiana, BURNING CANE follows a deeply religious, God fearing mother struggling to reconcile her tightly-held convictions of faith with the love she has for her troubled, self-destructive son while also witnessing her dejected pastor’s decline. The intimate drama captures the complexity and complacency of family life and religion in rural Louisiana.

With his spare, almost documentary filmmaking style, Phillip Youmans, who wrote, directed, photographed and co-edited BURNING CANE as his debut feature film, captures the daily lives of the characters and the natural beauty of the town of Laurel Valley and manages to humanize the flawed characters.


Tribeca Film Festival
Venice Film Festival


Best Narrative Feature, Tribeca Film Festival

Critics' Praise

4/4 STARS:
“God is destined to forever be a complicated subject for most mortals, yet there’s no question this film has made me a believer in the boundless artistic potential of its creator.”
– Matt Fagerholm, RogerEbert.com

“At nineteen years old, Phillip Youmans has made an authentic drama that a lot of indie directors would still be striving for on their second or third feature.”
– JM Mutore, Birth.Movies.Death.

Burning Cane is a movie that flows over you: It’s less a structured narrative than a series of arcane images, each more beguiling and haunting than the last.”
– Hoal-Tran Bul, Slashfilm

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