Hey, I'm Xenia!

Los Angeles, California

I'm a filmmaker, actress, comedian and absolute goofball. I've been in love with cinema since I was a kid, growing up in rainy Saint-Peterburg, Russia. How I ended up with a completely Westernized mindset is still a mystery to me, but here I am. 

 

 My in-depth cinematic journey began when I was studying Film at Queen Mary University of London, learning all about French New Wave and Italian Neo-Realism...fancy, I know. During that time, I got super lucky and got a job as a script supervisor on a first Ukranian/American 3D comedy. A 3D comedy? Yes, you can imagine what a uniquely bizzare journey that was. But back to London - after filming a few arthouse short films and absorbing too much film analysis, I grabbed my diploma and my courage and moved to Los Angeles, diving into the entertainment side of filmmaking. 

 

Two years of polishing my American accent and working on Meisner exercises brought me to "Orange Is The New Black" (NETFLIX). How hilarious is the fact that my first big onscreen opportunity in America took me right back to Soviet Russia? Oh, the irony. 

 

My favorite films are the ones that manage to entertain, while still making an impact. I'm definitely in love with sci-fi, horror and suspense, but most of all I find myself being drawn towards comedy. I think it has something to do with the fact that I must've watched too many John Landis's comedies as kid, particularly Coming to America and Trading Places. (Those two are extremely popular among Russians, for some reason...) 

Diving deep into the world of comedy, I fell in love with improv and opened up a YouTube comedy channel called Broken English, where my partner and I wrote, directed and acted in numerous sketches. Oh the places it brought us: NYC Independent Film Festival, WhoHaHa and even Funny or Die.

 

Today I still live in Los Angeles, CA and never plan on leaving. I act, write and produce my own, or other people's projects and that brings me a ton of joy. So all I am saying is - let's continue making and supporting those who create unique, entertaining and impactful projects! 

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

HIGHWAY ONE

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Experimental, Satire

Set in rural California, HIGHWAY ONE is loose adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull. Anna, who was once the most popular gal in school is hos

81%

This project got the green light!

Brothers

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Family

Brothers Taylor and Elijah cope with unexpected loss as they prepare themselves for their father's funeral.

83%

This project got the green light!

THE MENTOR Feature Film

Oakland, California Film Feature
Comedy, Crime

A wanna-be filmmaker persuades a reluctant film director to mentor her for a day when suddenly they are both kidnapped by an enigmatic gang.

111%

This project got the green light!

It's Okay

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Sci-Fi

Reality isn't what it seems. Something strange is happening to Cam and Alex. Will they lose each other before they figure it out?

133%

This project got the green light!

All is Well

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy

A dark comedy about two women in Colonial America trying to hide a body.

113%

This project got the green light!

A Guy Walks Into a Bar

New York City, New York Film Short
Action, Thriller

On the day after the election in 2016, a man with dwarfism is assaulted at a bar.

101%

This project got the green light!

Tristan and Isaac

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Romance

Two lovers get swept up in a romance with no concern for consequences.

82%

This project got the green light!

Nice Tan

San Francisco, California Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

Nice Tan is a WOC / QPOC-led sketch comedy series that tackles life and identity in a world that's not as woke as it wants to be.

107%

This project got the green light!

Soft Boiled

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, Romantic Comedy

Gina and Al meet cute working together at a cafe. When their creepy manager finds out about their budding romance, things get complicated.

80%

This project got the green light!

HEEL

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Sport

Mason is give a full-time contract with the biggest wrestling company in the world. All he has to do is behave himself for a few weeks.

102%

This project got the green light!

Jeffrey: Hotel California

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Fantasy, Romance

Jeffrey is a dark magical love story that takes place in the afterlife where Jeffrey repairs the dead, so they can move on.  One mag

85%

This project got the green light!

Close Ties to Home Country

Chicago, Illinois Film Short
Comedy, Biography

Based on real events. Akanksha, a kind immigrant, finds family in the rich people's dogs she dogsits, while her sister's US visa is denied.

118%

This project got the green light!

YAI NIN

Seattle, Washington Film Short
Documentary, Foreign Film

The owner of a sausage factory in Thailand, Ninlawan keeps in contact with her family in America while holding down the family business.

143%

This project got the green light!

Gritty & Pretty

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy

Many high school friendships wither after graduation, however Kira and Lauren's still has a few punches left to spare.

89%

This project got the green light!

The Eulogist

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Drama

In the depths of his grief, a young man becomes obsessed with crashing funerals and giving eulogies for people he never knew.

100%

This project got the green light!

Under the Lantern Lit Sky

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
LGBTQ, Transmedia

Inspired by Tennessee Williams Streetcar Named Desire and Southern gothic literature, Under the Lantern Lit Sky explores what it means to be

93%

This project got the green light!

Crowned: Season 2

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy

Macie and the rest of the Party Princesses survive batty bosses, pushy parents and crazy co-workers in this semi-scripted comedy series.

73%

This project got the green light!

Ass Level

Los Angeles, California Music Video
Comedy, Music

A comedy hip-hop music video about the upside to living life in a wheelchair: you are ALWAYS at "ass level."

209%

This project got the green light!

Nanay Ko, The Musical

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Comedy, Musical

Upon her return home to mourn the sudden death of her father, a young woman finds herself at a crossroad between her family and her dream.

101%

This project got the green light!

Girls Like Magic

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

An LGBTQ Comedy about Magic, a naive Brit who moves to Hollywood where she meets Jamie, a lesbian musician that turns her world upside down.

85%

This project got the green light!

Alien Guy Tim

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Documentary

An outcast, Alien Guy Tim, wants to prove that he has been abducted by aliens, but faces many obstacles along the way.

140%

This project got the green light!

Pair of Normals

New York City, New York Series
Comedy, Music

An anxious, divorced psychic and a disheveled college dropout cross paths in NYC and struggle to put their disastrous lives back together.

80%

This project got the green light!

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