18-year-old Phillip Youmans is a New Orleans-born filmmaker based in New York City. During his senior year of high school, he teamed up with Solange's creative agency, Saint Heron, to produce his film installation titled Won't You Celebrate with Me, which explores black female unity in an alternative universe. His latest short film NAIROBI (2019), also produced with Saint Heron, follows a Harlem-based family of francophone West African immigrants. Youmans is currently in post-production for his documentary The Vanguard: Days with Jon Batiste (2019) about Grammy-nominated jazz musician John Batiste. BURNING CANE (2019) is his first feature film which earned 3 wins at Tribeca FF: Best Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Narrative Feature.