Speaker Tayo Amos
Tayo Amos is a Nigerian-American filmmaker from the Bay Area, now currently living in Los Angeles. She graduated from Stanford University with a double major BA in Science, Technology, & Society and Spanish Literature in 2014 and is a recent grad at USC's School of Cinematic Arts in the MFA Film Production program with a focus on Directing. There, she received the James Bridges Directing Scholarship and received USC's First Look Faculty Award for Excellence in Directing.
Her thesis film On the Clock has screened at the Diversity in Cannes Showcase (where the film won BEST ACTOR) and Creative Mind Group showcases at Cannes Film Festival as well as the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival, the San Jose International Film Festival, and can be streamed on Amazon Prime.
Her most recent short film Magnolia Bloom was selected as part of Target and NBCUniversal's Scene in Color Program and was available on Peacock for the Summer of 2022 after its world premiere at Tribeca in June 2021. Tayo also directed A Blossom in the Night, a sci-fi action short film, starring Academy-Award Winner Lupita Nyong’o’s brother Junior Nyong’o, which had its world premiere at Urbanworld Film Festival 2020.
Most recently, Tayo directed her first television episode for NBC's Chicago Fire as part of NBC's Female Forward program. She is currently developing her first feature Elite, which has Demi Singleton (King Richard, Godfather of Harlem) attached. Tayo has shadowed award-winning television directors Meera Menon (on the set of The Magicians (Syfy/Netflix); most recently the pilot director of Ms. Marvel (Disney+) and Tom Verica (on the set of For the People (ABC); most recently the director of the spin off series Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story).
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