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[PROFILE] Jessica Yu - Upcoming Director/Writer/Producer

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  • madchinaman
    Jessica Yu • Director, Writer, Producer http://www.realmsoftheunreal.com/Filmmakers/filmmakers.html Jessica Yu is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She won
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 1 1:43 AM
      Jessica Yu • Director, Writer, Producer
      http://www.realmsoftheunreal.com/Filmmakers/filmmakers.html


      Jessica Yu is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She won the 1997
      Academy Award for Best Documentary Short for BREATHING LESSONS: THE
      LIFE AND WORK OF MARK O'BRIEN, an intimate portrait of the writer
      who lived for four decades paralyzed by polio and confined to an
      iron lung. The film also won over 20 festival awards, including the
      IDA Achievement Award, the Audience Award at Aspen Shortsfest, and
      First Prize at the St. Petersburg International Film Festival, since
      its debut at the Sundance Film Festival. She also won an Emmy and a
      Cable Ace Award for Best Documentary Director. Yu's documentary THE
      LIVING MUSEUM, the award-winning HBO film about an art community in
      a New York mental institution premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film
      Festival.

      Yu's narrative short BETTER LATE was the debut film for the fXM
      Shorts Series. It has been featured in 60 festivals since its
      premiere at Sundance 1997, and it won First Prize for Short Drama at
      the New York Festivals. Her other films include MEN OF REENACTION, a
      documentary about Civil War reenactors, for which she received
      grants from ITVS and NEA; the popular black & white short SOUR DEATH
      BALLS, which won several awards, including Best Live Action Short at
      the Santa Barbara Film Festival, was featured at Berlin, Sundance,
      Telluride, Toronto, San Francisco, Sydney and the national PBS
      series ALIVE TV; THE CONDUCTOR, a musical comedy short featuring
      Mark Salzman (IRON AN DSILK) and the documentary HOME BASE, winner
      of several festival awards. She also directs commercials, for which
      she has won a New York Emmy.

      Yu has served on the Board of Directors of the International
      Documentary Association, where she was an organizing member of the
      first International Documentary Congress. Yu has also written
      articles and fiction for the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Buzz,
      Worth, and the Pacific News Service. She received the Murrow Award
      for Journalism from the Skeptics Society, the DREAM Media Award from
      the Western Law Center for Disability Rights and ACV's Asian
      American Media Award. She has lectured at various universities and
      conferences, including the Sun Valley Writers Conference. She has
      been profiled in The New York Times, People, the Los Angeles Times,
      and Working Woman magazine. She is a recent MacDowell Colony Fellow
      and a Yaddo Fellow. Yu graduated from Yale University, Phi Beta
      Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, with a B.A. in English.

      In 2000, Yu was the artist-in-residence at the Isabella Stewart
      Gardner Museum in Boston. Also, as the first director selected for
      the John Wells Director Diversity Program, she has directed episodes
      of the NBC dramas "The West Wing," "Lyon's Den," "ER," and "Mr.
      Sterling," as well as "The Guardian" for CBS. Yu directs commercials
      with non•fic•tion spots of Santa Monica.
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