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The Story

On the run from her abusive home, a young woman joins a carnival as a mime and faces terrifying circumstances.

Director's Note

I wrote the songs for Tedious & Brief during a very low point in my life. I was grappling with memories of abuse while unknowingly in an abusive relationship. I felt stuck and heavy with the feeling that I'd never know what it is like to feel safe. I read the poetry book , "Life Of The Party" by Olivia Gatwood and it touched me in a way no other piece of literature had before. I couldn't stop thinking about it. I couldn’t sleep for weeks because every night I'd have nightmares about the senseless violence that women face everyday. I felt crushed under the weight of sadness I felt for women everywhere. Tedious & Brief is a story of survival. It is a scream of truth in a room of hushed voices. I wrote the songs with the visual in mind. This is my first body of work that I created a whole world for. I didn't write this story for myself, though I admit writing it helped save me in a way. I wrote this story for all of the people who have been hurt by the people who were supposed to love and keep you safe. I wrote this film for all the people learning to speak up even if their voice trembles. I've had this story in mind for you from the very beginning of this process. Please help me tell it.                                                             

                                                                                                      - Xondra

To Donate 

Venmo: @Alexondra-OConnell

PayPal: @xondramusic

Cashapp: $AlexondraOConnell

How You Can Help

Joining us is an opportunity to give a depiction of what happens when a woman finds a way to cut through the forced silence that many survivor's face.   Investing in our campaign will ensure that the production can afford food, travel, locations, and film festival submissions, and other miscellaneous costs that may arise during filming and post-production.

  Your contribution will help us with: 

 

  • Production Design/Wardrobe 

  • Travel & Food 

  • Location Fees 

  • Lighting 

  • Cast & Crew 

  • Festival Costs 

 

Your support will bring the motion picture industry one step closer towards poignant and innovative storytelling that audiences are hungry for and that the business desperately needs.

Incentives

  • THE MIME $10 -  Social media shoutout 

  • THE ESCAPE ARTIST $25 - Thank you clip from the cast and crew 

  • THE RINGMASTER $35 - Personal handwritten Thank you letter 

  • THE TIGHT ROPE WALKER $50 - Signed On Set Photos From Cast and Crew 

  • THE FORTUNE TELLER $75 - Special Thanks Credit In Video 

  • THE LION TAMER 100 - Producer Credit in Video with early access to video ( free physical copy of EP)

  • THE FIRE EATER $150 - Ultimate Thank You Bundle (Letter, Photo, Credit, early access to video ) (free physical copy of EP) * Surprise additional gift*

Other Ways you can help

Follow my Instagram account (@xondramusic) as well as Natural Multimedia, the company producing the film (@natural_multimedia_llc) ! 

 

Be on the lookout for updates and don’t be shy about telling your friends and family about our film whether you’re hanging out at a party together or resharing our posts on social media. We'll give you some support back! 

 

THANKS A MILLION FOR YOUR SUPPORT! We can’t wait to bring this powerful story to life.

The Team

Xondra (she/they)  - Director, Producer, Lead

 

Xondra is a singer/songwriter from Long Island, New York. She graduated from SUNY Purchase with a Bachelor's Degree in Contemporary Songwriting . Most recently, she earned her Master’s Degree in Music Business from Berklee College Of Music. Whether it be starring in multiple short films and theatre productions , directing a Theatre Company, or recording and performing original compositions , Xondra has exemplified their incredible charisma as a performer and talent as a musician.  Drawing on their own experiences, this is an extremely personal story to tell for Xondra which makes her not only the best possible fit to helm this film, but also more determined than ever to get this off of the ground.

 

Joe Acierno (He/Him) - Producer

 

Born, bred, and based in Long Island, New York, Joe Acierno is a filmmaker, podcaster, and entrepreneur. A graduate of St. John’s University, he is the founder of Natural Multimedia LLC, a new media production company dedicated to honest and original motion pictures. On top of producing several projects, Joe has directed numerous short films and his next film, the comedy The Playboy of Park Slope, is set to run the film festival circuit soon! He’s beyond excited to help bring Xondra’s story from vision to reality. 

 

Darius Delsoin (He/Him) - Director of Photography

 

Darius Delsoin is a filmmaker and podcaster based in Long Island, New York, who’s made multiple short films and has freelanced on many professional film sets in a variety of crew positions including Cinematographer, Gaffer, Sound, and Production Assistant. His strong creative and technical perspective make him a wonderful addition to the team. He’s not just looking forward to the festival run of his thriller short film Venge, but also to bringing a bold visual style to Xondra’s frightening story.