Alexandra “Alle” Hsu

Filmmaker

Alexandra Hsu is a Chinese American filmmaker, born and raised in Orange County, CA. For her Bachelors degree, she attended Scripps College, double majoring in Media Studies and Asian Studies. Her thesis project was titled “Women: From Cultural Revolution to Capitalist Revolution” where she focused on interviewing 20 different women and discussed their views on careers, romance, and education. She was awarded the Payton Watkins Media Studies Award, and also received a grant to make her thesis film through the Pomona College Museum of Art’s Exhibit “China Insights.” In college, she was interested in documentary filmmaking. So, she gained experience working on four documentaries – the Official Beijing Olympics Film, The Everlasting Flame: Beijing, Brett Morgen’s Crossfire Hurricane about the Rolling Stones, renowned photographer, John Rowe’s Omo Child: The River and the Bush, and ping-pong documentary, Top Spin. However, her very first internship was with Spyglass Entertainment. And one of her most rewarding experiences was working with Ellen Sandler, writer and Executive Producer on Everybody Loves Raymond, on Ms. Sandler’s web series, Marisa Rules. Alexandra was the 2nd AD and Casting Associate on the production.

Alexandra received her Masters of Fine Arts from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Asia focusing in Film Production and Film Directing. After attending graduate school, she realized her strengths and has focused on being a director and producer. Alexandra has directed five short films in Singapore, Hong Kong, France, Orange County, CA, and Long Island, NY respectively, and has directed a spec commercial, Dove Real Beauty Sketches Asia. Her Hong Kong short, “Sophie,” screened at over fifteen film festivals, including Oscar Qualifiers – Austin Film Festival (WP, nominated for Best Student Film), Foyle Film Festival (IP, nominated for the Light in Motion Short Film Award), HollyShorts, and the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival (Nominated for the Golden Reel Award). “POP!” is her NYU thesis film, shot in Orange County, CA, and stars Emmy-nominated actress, Michelle Ang. And her most recent short film, “Our Way Home” had its World Premiere at HollyShorts, and its East Coast Premiere at the Manhattan Film Festival. It is currently on the festival circuit. As a producer, she’s been part of productions in the Philippines, China, New York / Utah, Tijuana, Mexico / San Diego, CA, and Los Angeles, CA. Her goal is to tell stories that reach a global audience, universal stories that can be appreciated by everyone around the world.

Alexandra is currently developing her first feature film Queens as a Resident in the SFFILM (San Francisco Film Society) FilmHouse Residency. As a member of the Alliance of Women Directors, she is currently one of eight directors in the prestigious Directing Actors course with Founder and USC Professor Jennifer Warren. And as a member of Women in Film, Alexandra is currently a Directing mentee in the Women in Film Mentoring Program. Her mentors are filmmaker Hannah Fidell and Literary Manager of Echo Lake Entertainment, CHelsea Benson.

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