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Xenia Matthews is an innovative film and visual artist who creates highly saturated hybrid films that stimulate the senses. Her work focuses on her personal experiences of black womanhood - the joys, the struggles, the misunderstood - externalizing what is often only experienced internally.
Her impactful work has been recognized by Filmmaker Magazine, as she’s been featured as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film for 2022. Her award winning film A Few Things I'm Beginning to Understand completed its festival run, screening at Indie Memphis, Slamdance, NFFTY, and many others. Xenia's new short, sci-fi and surreal OURIKA!, premiered at the 2022 Blackstar Film Festival as part of their inaugural Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab and screened at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival shortly thereafter. In the future, Xenia seeks to install her films, using physical space to enhance the immersive experience. She is currently writing her first feature film.
  • Writer (3 Credits)
    MAMABABY
    Screenplay, Treatment
    OURIKA!2022
    Experimental, Short
    A Few Things I'm Beginning to Understand2021
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Director (2 Credits)
    OURIKA!2022
    Experimental, Short
    A Few Things I'm Beginning to Understand2021
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Acting (1 Credit)
    A Few Things I'm Beginning to Understand2021
    Experimental, Short, Student
Development Grant
MAMABABY
Independence Public Media Fund
Philadelphia, PA
2023
Finalist
MAMABABY
Indie Memphis Screenwriting Residency
Memphis, Tennsessee
2023
Official Selection
OURIKA!
Sundance Film Festival
Park City, Utah
2023
Official Selection
OURIKA!
Blackstar Film Festival
Philadelphia PA
2022
Best College Short
A Few Things I'm Beginning to Understand
Denton Black Film Festival
Denton, Texas
2022
Nominated for Best Student Documentary
A Few Things I'm Beginning to Understand
National Film Festival for Talented Youth
Seattle, Washington
2022
Nominated for Borders No Borders Competition
A Few Things I'm Beginning to Understand
Houston Cinema Arts Festival
Houston, Texas
2021
Jury Award and Audience Award for Best Departures Short
A Few Things I'm Beginning to Understand
Indie Memphis Film Festival
Memphis, Tennessee
2021
College
University of the Arts
Film + Video
20182021
Birth Date
June 14, 1998
Nickname
Xee
Birth City
Alexandria, VA
Current City
Philadelphia, PA
Hometown
Melbourne Beach, FL
Height
5'4
Gender
Female
Ethnicity
Black
Eye Color
Brown
Zodiac Sign
Gemini
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