Phillip Youmans is a filmmaker from the 7th Ward of New Orleans.

At 19, Phillip became the youngest and first African-American director to win the Founder’s Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival for his feature-length debut,
Burning Cane, which he wrote, directed, shot and edited during his final years of high school. Phillip is also the youngest director to ever have a feature film compete at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Distributed by Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Releasing, Burning Cane opened in select theaters on October 25th, 2019 and was released on Netflix on November 6, 2019. Phillip was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Director and a Film Independent Spirit Award for his work on the film.

He is a 2020 Forbes 30 under 30 in entertainment. Phillip wrote, directed and edited a short film for Hulu’s Black History Month 2020 titled Imagine a Moon Colony, about a black family in 1970 Los Angeles that imagines the year 2020 through a black lens and creates abstract visuals based on their predictions. 

In October 2020, Phillip directed, adapted, and edited a public broadcast called November, adapted from Help by Claudia Rankine. November pairs an an examination of white male privilege in the United States with images of Black joy, freedom, and beauty. Phillip has made music videos for artists like Inner Wave, Leslie Odom Jr., and Michael Kiwanuka. And more recently, Phillip made a short documentary shot on iPhone and commissioned by Apple titled “Hometown.”