Academy award winner Jessica Yu is a prolific filmmaker who is equally at home working in a wide variety of media and genres, from verite to scripted to animation, to shorts and documentaries, to episodic television, features and commercial spots. Across all her work, one sees her remarkable ability to depict the serious and the light-hearted—in other words, the whole of the human experience—at the same time. Her nonfiction short, Breathing Lessons, won an Oscar and an Emmy in addition to numerous international awards. Her HBO documentary, The Living Museum, was a Sundance selection, as was her Emmy-nominated In the Realms of the Unreal, which also received several national and international film festival honors. Protagonist, distributed by IFC Pictures, garnered Jessica a Writer's Guild nomination and her third nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Additionally, she has had three light-hearted shorts featured at Sundance: Sour Death Balls, Better Late and animated hybrid The Kinda Sutra. Jessica’s latest major documentary, Last Call at the Oasis, for Participant (An Inconvenient Truth) delves deep into the world’s water crisis with activist Erin Brokovich, and her documentary short Meet Mr. Toilet, a humorous look about the serious issue of sanitation in developing countries, will be horned at Cannes in June.
On the narrative side, Jessica is a well-respected director of episodic television programs including Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and Parenthood. Among others, she has directed commercial projects for BP, Ford, Jet Blue, MasterCard, Microsoft and Secret.