Private Project

Mx. Ìfẹ́dayọ̀

After discovering unexpected powers, Mx. Ìfẹ́dayọ̀ - a Black Trans teenager - must reckon with the weight of this responsibility and the choices ahead.

  • Kaydx O.I.
    Writer
  • Kaydx O.I.
    Director
  • selah greaux
    Producer
  • Kaydx O.I.
    Producer
  • Twiggy Pucci Garçon
    Executive Producer
  • Zoë Davidson
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Short Script
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Drama, Young Adult
  • Number of Pages:
    12
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • First-time Screenwriter:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Tribeca + P&G + Queen Collective (Queen Latifah) Filmmaker Program 2022

    Finalist
  • The Future of Film is Female Fund 2021

    Finalist
Writer Biography - Kaydx O.I.

Kaydx (they/he/ẹmi) is a practitioner of collaborative solidarity who founded Dagbasi Productions on Juneteenth 2020 to create work that inspires empathy and challenges and furthers social consciousness. Kaydx is proud to be a Trans/Genderqueer self-identified Lesbian, first-generation Nigerian, actor, writer, singer, producer and director from the South.

Current festival favorite Pink & Blue (Best Narrative Short – Seattle Translations; Audience Awards; Best Short Screenplay - LGBT Toronto) was a Black Public Media Fund & ScreenCraft Film Fund 2020 Finalist. Now a pilot for a limited series, their directorial debut short Her First Kill won the Best Director Award at iHolly. The dramatic thriller was also a Sundance and Outfest Episodic Lab 2020 Finalist. Kaydx was a Screenwriting Artist-in-Residence at The Lark/New York Stage and Film and one of their short screenplays was chosen for the BRIC Black Box Filmmaking Intensive in 2020. He has several more projects in development.

As an actor, Kaydx has performed Off-Broadway, regionally and can be seen on CBS ALL ACCESS, HBO and Netflix. Kaydx is also a Drama Desk Award Winner and graduate of The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program.

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Writer Statement

Following the success of the first Dagbasi Productions’ project: the award-winning short Pink & Blue, we are so excited to share that the second project from Dagbasi Productions Founder Kaydx is Mx. Ìfẹ́dayọ̀: A narrative, sci-fi/fantasy, short film/proof-of-concept that authentically addresses the hunger for BIPOC LGBQ+ TGNC inclusive storytelling.

Whilst exploring their Igbo and Yorùbá Nigerian heritage, Kaydx discovered that QTGNC African peoples and deities exist in Yorùbá folklore and mythology. These fascinating tales are stories that they wish they’d known growing up.

Throughout the Diaspora, many are unaware of the inherent inclusivity within their heritage. These stories have been dismissed, stolen and watered down by centuries of systemic oppression. Mx. Ìfẹ́dayọ̀ is Kaydx’s opportunity to share his interpretation of ancestral stories with global audiences.

Kaydx hopes Mx. Ìfẹ́dayọ̀ will encourage Diasporic audiences to reflect on how daily decisions impact lineage, community, and legacy while engaging their ancestral history and mythology. He is so excited to add to the growing cannon of Black Sci-Fi visual art stories.