Tayo Amos is a director and 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 graduate from 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 USC’s First Look Faculty Award for Excellence in Directing.
In 2014, she was selected as a member of Team Oscar, an extraordinary opportunity to be a presenter at the Academy Awards. In October 2015, she spoke alongside Ze Frank of Buzzfeed at the Academy about her experience making films as a digital native. 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. The short has also been accepted in a number of festivals including the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival, the Oaxaca Film Festival, and more.
She is currently in post-production on her next short film A BLOSSOM IN THE NIGHT starring Academy-Award winner Lupita Nyong’o’s brother, Junior Nyong’o. She is also attached to direct a USC Stark Thesis film TILL IT COMES TRUE with Lex Scott Davis (Superfly, The First Purge). She also is a talented music video director. One of the music videos she directed, #WeCantBreathe, has more than 100,000 views on Youtube.
Currently, she is developing her first feature. Her screenplay ELITE was a finalist for the Project Cre8 screenwriting contest hosted by BET and Paramount Players and is planning to be in production next year. She is currently represented by the Creative Artists Agency.