Alexandra Hsu ‘03
is a Chinese American filmmaker, born and raised in Orange County, CA. She was first inspired to go into film when she was in high school, at Sage Hill School, and decided to attend the USC Summer Film Program. A career in film seemed to be the perfect fit for Alexandra — a combination of her parents’ careers; father was an engineer and businessman, mother is an artist and fashion designer. Her parents always loved exploring the world, so Alexandra has been able to travel and experience different cultures. This exposure has had an impact on her international film experience.
Alexandra received her B.A. from Scripps College, double majoring in Media Studies / Asian Studies. While attending Scripps and the Claremont Colleges, she focused on documentary filmmaking. Her undergraduate thesis was a documentary film, "Women: Cultural Revolution to Capitalist Revolution,” which received the Payton Watkins '09 Media Studies Award and also the Pomona College "China Insights" Exhibit Grant in 2011. She gained experience working on four documentaries: the Official Beijing Olympics Film: The Everlasting Flame
; 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
, directed by Mina T Son and Sara Newens.
Alexandra’s very first internship was with Spyglass Entertainment. One of her most rewarding experiences was working with Ellen Sandler, writer and Executive Producer on the very successful late 90s TV program: Everybody Loves Raymond
. This was Ms. Sandler's directorial debut, web series “Marisa Rules.”
Alexandra was the second assistant director and casting associate on the production. She’s also built a relationship with the Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) over the last several years — as a volunteer, reviewer, features programmer, and filmmaker. NBFF is where her first USC film premiered in its Youth Division and where her film “Sophie” was an Official Selection, 10 years later.
Alexandra graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Singapore, with an MFA in Film Directing and Production. She realized her strengths as a director and producer. Due to her love for travel and seeing the world, going to another country for graduate school felt natural. Alexandra directed five short films in Singapore, Hong Kong, France, Orange County, and New York, respectively, and has directed a spec commercial, Dove Real Beauty Sketches Asia. Her Hong Kong short, “Sophie
,” has screened at over fifteen film festivals, including Oscar Qualifying festivals: Austin Film Festival (World Premiere, nominated for Best Student Short Film) and the Foyle Film Festival in Northern Ireland (International Premiere, nominated for the Light in Motion Film Award). Her NYU thesis film, “POP!” starred Emmy-nominated actress, Michelle Ang. Most recently, she made “Our Way Home
” in Long Island, New York, set in the 1960s, with characters based on her father and his sister. The film was inspired by a black and white photograph taken of the two in the early 1960s. “Our Way Home” had its World Premiere at Oscar-Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival. It was screened at the Women in Film Shorts Night on January 14, 2019 at the West Hollywood Library. Alexandra has recently been invited to become a resident with the San Francisco Film Society (SFFILM) FilmHouse Residency, an artist-filmmakers residency. Within this program, she will be taking her feature film, QUEENS
, from writing-development to production.