Milkweed

A family struggles to deal with past traumas through new seasons of life while the line between their roles as children and parents continue to blur.

  • John Dayo-Aliya
    Director
  • John Dayo-Aliya
    Writer
  • John Dayo-Aliya
    Producer
  • Vince Tyree
    Producer
  • Amy K Spencer
    Producer
    Shelter (2015)
  • Kurt Brown
    Producer
  • Jeannine Gaskin
    Key Cast
    "Milkey"
  • Caorl Eutsey
    Key Cast
    "Marion"
  • Crystle Paynther Collins
    Key Cast
    "Junie"
    Wu Xia 2 the Code (2019)
  • Willis Gordon
    Key Cast
    "Melvin"
  • Deandre Hairston-Karim
    Key Cast
    "Byron"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    44 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 17, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    900 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Ma'Sue Big Blue Legacy Ball Fundraiser
    Akron
    United States
    May 17, 2019
  • Seattle Film and Wine Festival
    Seattle
    United States
    January 18, 2020
    United States East Coast Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - John Dayo-Aliya

John Dayo-Aliya is a Director/ Playwright/Performer hailing from Akron, Ohio. He is also Artistic Director of Ma'Sue Productions, a Theatre production house specializing in works that explore the African-American experience in the 21st century. Dayo-Aliya has written and produced eight plays including, "Or Does It Explode?," which won the 2018 Knight Arts Challenge. Dayo-Aliya was also the recipient of the 2019 ArtsAlive Award. Milkweed is his first film project and is an exploration of black trauma and healing.

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Director Statement

Milkweed is a story about black healing. It was created in the spirit of writing works that explore the familial trauma that often wrecks havoc in our communities and most importantly envisioning the conditions of how we can get over them. I'm so proud to present this story that is so near and dear to me and the team of beautiful artist souls that produced it. Thank you so much for your consideration.