• Director

    Alexandra Qin

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, 2023, 10:00

  • Category

    Narrative Short

  • Format


  • Festival Year


Film Screening & Ticket Information

When & Where to See this Film!

BARE ESSENTIALS: 3 films that hide nothing.

April 22, 2024 @ 9:30PM • Kaufman Astoria Studios – Zukor Theatre

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On a road trip with her younger sister, Charlie struggles to hide a secret addiction.


Alexandra Qin, Director
Alexandra Qin, Writer
Alexandra Qin, Producer
Brooke Goldman, Producer
Samantha Ahn, Key Cast, “Charlie Xu”
Claire Dunn,Key Cast, “Nic Xu”
Fletcher Wolfe, Director of Photography
Esteban Pedraza, Editor

Director Statement

THIRSTYGIRL is a raw, intimate film about addiction and sisterhood, following two mixed-race Asian-American women traveling across the American South. It’s my first film. And though fictional, it is an incredibly personal story.

THIRSTYGIRL is about a sex addict.

Sex addiction is a delicate subject. It is generally met with disgust, skepticism, and, at the very least, discomfort. Sex addicts in film are often portrayed as depraved, hopeless people. And usually represented by white characters. With THIRSTYGIRL, I wanted to tell a different kind of story. A nuanced and compassionate portrayal of a sex addict who is an Asian woman. One that challenges stereotypes of Asian women in film. Here, our protagonist, Charlie, is the one sexualizing those around her instead of being sexualized. She’s not submissive or innocent. And she’s not a sociopath either. She’s hurting and this is the solution she’s found to her pain.

It was very important to me that my first film be about sex addiction, as this is an addiction that is widely stigmatized and one that I have struggled with myself. My hope with this film is to create more empathy and understanding for sex addiction and addiction in general, and to provide some hope for those of us who are currently struggling with it.

Against the backdrop of Charlie’s addiction, at its core, THIRSTYGIRL is a story about two sisters. Inspired by my relationship with my younger sister, the film is about what is often the deepest and most complicated relationship in one’s life. And what it’s like to love someone even though at times you don’t know how. Above all else, THIRSTYGIRL is a love letter to my little sister.

Director Biography

Alexandra Qin is a French-Filipino-Chinese screenwriter and director with a background in software engineering and prison reform activism. She is the founder of Emergent Works, a nonprofit that teaches formerly incarcerated people to code to help them secure well-paying jobs after prison.

Alexandra’s first feature screenplay, THIRSTYGIRL, was the 2022 Page Awards Grand Prize Winner as well as a 2022 Nicholl Fellowship Semifinalist. Her first short film, the THIRSTYGIRL proof-of-concept, is an official selection of Sundance 2024, among many other festivals.