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Wendell Pierce’s ‘Burning Cane’ Wins Top Prize at Tribeca Film Festival

Wendell Pierce’s ‘Burning Cane’ Wins Top Prize at Tribeca Film Festival

Phillip Youmans’ “Burning Cane” took home the Founders Award for best narrative feature at the 18th annual Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday, with star Wendell Pierce earning Best Actor.

Youmans, a 19-year-old freshman at NYU, is the first African-American director to win the Founders Award and the youngest director to have a feature in Tribeca — he was just 17 when he wrote, directed and shot the film, about the fractious relationship between a mother and son in rural Louisiana.

Korean director Bora Kim’s “House of Hummingbird” won for best international narrative feature, and Ji-hu Park won best international actress.

In addition, Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin won for their documentary feature “Scheme Birds.”

Here’s the complete list of winners.

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U.S. Narrative Competition Categories:

The jurors for the 2019 U.S. Narrative Competition were Lucy Alibar,

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