Jessica Yu Poster


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Overview (2)

Birth NameJessica Lingman Yu

Mini Bio (1)

Jessica Yu was born in 1966 as Jessica Lingman Yu. She is a director and writer, known for In the Realms of the Unreal (2004), Last Call at the Oasis (2011) and Maria Bamford: Old Baby (2017). She is married to Mark Salzman.

Spouse (1)

Mark Salzman (? - present)

Trivia (7)

Member of the 1986 USA National Fencing Team that competed at the World Championships. Graduate of Yale University. Participated in 1983, 1985, and 1987 US Olympic Festivals Named to the NCAA Women's Fencing All-Decade Team in 1991
She stumbled upon film production when looking for a job allowing flexible hours so she could continue competing in fencing.
Graduate of Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California; classmates included screenwriter Marsh McCall, editor Phil Faroudja and others.
Yu graduated from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, with a B.A. in English.
Is drawn to dark or humorous subject matter, preferably both.
Is a big admirer of writer/artist Henry Darger, whom she featured in a film.
Her best known work is the 1996 documentary "Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien" for which she won the 1997 Oscar in the short documentary category.

Personal Quotes (2)

[1997 Oscar Acceptance speech] You know you've entered new territory when your outfit cost more than your film.
I find there's always the idea that ends up keeping you up all night -- that's the beginning of the obsession that will have enough momentum to carry you through the film. I don't want to work on a film where by the end you're totally sick of it.

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