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Synopsis: In 1950s Las Vegas, a black singer is on the verge of her big break, but she risks it all when she learns her audience won’t be integrated.



Run Time

15 minutes


Lex Scott Davis (Joanna)

Directed by

Tayo Amos

Produced by

Julia Dillard
Matt Mitchell

Director's Statement

As a black woman myself, I find it empowering to craft a story where the black female lead is a hero of her own story and causes lasting change in the process. I am very excited to tackle a period piece – the luscious, visually captivating realm of the 1950s – and infuse my talent for immersive, kinetic realism within.

Director's Bio

A first-generation Nigerian-American, she received her B.A. from Stanford University and her M.F.A from USC where she also received the James Bridges Directing Scholarship. This rising talent was selected as a 2019 Blackhouse Sundance Fellow, a 2014 Team Oscar member, and guest speaker at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2015. Her thesis film ON THE CLOCK completed its festival run and is now available on Amazon Prime.

Tayo’s next short, A Blossom In The Night (starring Junior Nyong’o and Brittany Giles) had its world premiere at Urbanworld 2020 and is part of the SHOOT Online New Directors Showcase. She also directed the short film, Magnolia Bloom, with Lex Scott Davis (Superfly, The First Purge), scheduling its festival run in 2021. To learn more about her and her work, visit

Tayo’s passion for filmmaking comes from her deep belief that the positive, visual representation of women and people of color in media can truly impact our world.

Country of Origin

United States

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