If Phillip Youmans had to describe the past few years in one word, he’d choose “blooming.” “It really does feel like a period of tremendous emotional, personal and creative growth, ” he says, speaking on the phone from his current base in LA. That’s to be expected from someone with Youman’s CV: Last year he became the Tribeca Film Festival’s youngest featured director and the first African American to receive the revered Founders Award with his debut, Burning Cane—a startling This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-six Buy Now Related Stories Films Issue 28 Archive: Grace Kelly Actress, princess, icon, enigma: Understanding Hollywood’s “snow-covered volcano.” Films Issue 29 André Aciman Charles Shafaieh meets the Proust scholar who wrote Call Me By Your Name. Films Issue 30 Teyonah Parris What does it take to get on Barry Jenkins’ call sheet? Candice Frederick speaks to the woman who knows. Films Issue 30 John Waters A conversation with the world’s most audacious bad-tastemaker. Films Issue 31 Lukas Dhont The Girl director discusses the language of dance. Films Issue 33 Desiree Akhavan The Iranian-American filmmaker bringing her “weird and sexy” stories—and her parents—to set.