It's Time

A transgender fan enlightens a pop singer struggling with the pressures of celebrity that masks her authenticity as an individual and an artist.

'It’s Time' has a theme of identity; exploring ideas of who we are, who people think we are, and who we want to be, and having the courage to live one’s true

  • Joy Millana
    Profiled, Dojo Girl
  • Andy Sun
  • Joy Millana
    Bird, Profiled, Dojo Girl
  • Andy Sun
  • Emma Wang
    Key Cast
  • Andy Sun
    Key Cast
  • Christina Gardner
    Key Cast
  • Jacob Fletcher
    Key Cast
    "Dominic / Body Guard"
  • Alex Skiles
    Unit Production Manager
  • Taryn Westphale
    First Assistant Director
  • Anthony Chiles
    Story Producer
    Dojo Girl
  • Andy Sun
  • David Hill
    Script Doctor
  • Rashida Davison
    Director of Photography
  • Joe Stearns
    First Assistant Camera
  • Schyler Mendoza
  • Evan McGregor
    Script Supervisor
  • Jacob Fletcher
  • Abigail Dawson
    BTS Photographer
  • Jamie Talamantez
    Sound Mixer/Editor
  • Ryn Mos
    Makeup Artist
  • Jessica Aden
    Hair Artist
  • Rylea Luckfield
    Production Assistant
  • Joy Millana
    Editor/Color Grader
    Dojo Girl
  • Jamie Talamantez
    Original Score
  • Andy Sun
    'Reveal' Song Lyrics
  • Sheristen Mariel
    'Reveal' Song Performed By
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  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 11, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Sony FS5 Super 35
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Director Biography - Joy Millana

Joy Millana - Bicoastal producer and director of commercials, shorts, and feature films. Millana’s directorial feature film debut, Profiled (2015), after being awarded many accolades at several international film festivals has received national distribution through Redox, Netflix, Family Video, and Walmart. Bird (2018), an action crime heist feature that Millana produced and assistant directed, has recently been picked up for international distribution with selected theatrical release, beginning February 2019.

Gibson Guitar, Apex Fitness, Maxwell Coffee, Pantac USA, and Axe Body Spray are a few of her corporate clients to date.

Her proudest moment remains to be working for her childhood hero, Sir Ridley Scott as an office production assistant in the beginning of her industry career. Through this experience she was awarded to work for Brad Pitt’s company Plan B. During this time, the two companies were in coproduction on the feature film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Millana graduated from Columbus College of Art & Design in 2004 Time-Based Media Studies. She received her MFA at the Academy of Art University in 2007 with a producing/directing degree in Motion Pictures and Television.

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Director Statement

My body of narrative work demonstrates my commitment to producing films about relationships with ethnic, racial, sexual, gender, and generational conflict themes, including the contrast between contemporary lifestyles and traditional cultural conceptions and stereotyping. I am particularly interested in the culture clash between first generation Americans and their immigrant parents who hold conservative points-of-view and high expectations stemming from the traditions of the Motherland.

Stylistically, I aim for my films to showcase fluidity and animation always through the lens, via the use of steadicam, dolly rigs, and/or shoulder mounts. I rarely utilize stationary camera setups, due to their lack of intimacy. My cinematography, just like my storytelling, will always exhibit an organic feel. I like to incorporate desaturated color and tone through costume, lighting, cinematography, and production design to complement the authenticity of my characters’ real world problems, relationships, and environment.

I approach storytelling through investigation of culture, exploration of transformational moments, and curiosity about conventional paradigms. My current and future objectives for my motion picture producing and directing bodies of work are about emotional journeys, personal growth, and social movements. As a filmmaker, my goal is to inspire, inform, and entertain audiences by incorporating universal themes within visual narratives about anthropology. I bring out the tension between cultural norms and what is usually hidden or untold. I aim to unveil potential connections to the characters or the story, creating a new view of their lives.