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Michael Kiwanuka, Beautiful Life

Phillip Youmans


Phillip Youmans is a maker at his core. A true multi-hyphenate, Phillip moves effortlessly between fiction and non-fiction, film and tv, commercials and music videos, with filmmaking fluency across mediums. He embraces his bold aesthetic and the unique lens through which he views the world, to tell deeply personal stories that speak to universal truths.Youmans directed the short Imagine a Moon Colony as part of Hulu’s Black Stories Presents: Your Attention Please, an initiative for Black History Month. Through the same Hulu initiative, he also directed the short film Voodoo, a neo-noir mystery thriller set in his hometown of New Orleans. In the commercial and music video world, Phillip’s recent work includes “Hometown” for Apple, a piece shot entirely on an iPhone that explores the hometowns of Black photographers in celebration of Black History Month. Phillip has also been a longtime collaborator with artist Michael Kiwanuka, and recently directed the film “Beautiful Life” for Kiwanuka, which is set to release later this year.