Of Choice

AUGUST 31, 2022
USA | 1 minute | 2022

Drama short film directed by Cassandra Hsiao
Starring Tessa Wong, MoniQue Rangell-Onwuegbuzia, Andy Valdez

Of Choice

A young woman must make a life-changing decision.


CineAsian Films (CAF): What was the inspiration behind Of Choice?
Cassandra Hsiao:
I completed OF CHOICE as part of CAPE’s Julia S. Gouw Short Film Challenge, where we were given just four lines of dialogue and asked to make a micro short, no longer than 1 minute! After receiving those four lines of dialogue, I must’ve came up with more than 20 different possible scenarios until finally settling on this one. I knew I wanted a gritty, female-forward story.

CAF: What were some of the challenges you faced during production?
OF CHOICE marks my directorial debut! The main challenge was that I was new to the whole process and learned a ton from my cast and crew. Learning curve was steep but I gained so much from the journey of writing, producing, directing and editing this short.

CAF: What do you hope people can take away from watching this film?
I hope people are intrigued by these two girls’ stories, and experience a feeling of catharsis within this one minute short.

CAF: Have you been working on anything new?
Always grinding. I come from the world of theater so I’m returning to my roots by working on a full length play about old wounds, creating our own versions of reality, and controlled forest fires.

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Director, Co-writer: Cassandra Hsiao
Co-writer: Alice Wu
Cinematographer: Andrew Prawoto
Composer: Yali Arbel
Camera & Sound Operator: Edwin Chang
Script Supervisor: Eric Fan
Sound Editor: Jeremy Hsiao

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