Academy award winner Jessica Yu is a prolific filmmaker who is at home working in a wide variety of media and genres, from verité documentaries to animated shorts to scripted features and episodic television, in addition to advertising content. Across all her work, one finds 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 (among many other honors), as was her Emmy-nominated In the Realms of the Unreal, which also received several national and international film festival honors. Protagonist garnered Jessica a Writer's Guild nomination and her third nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. The award-winning Last Call at the Oasis, a deep exploration of the world’s water crisis, with activist Erin Brokovich, played at festivals worldwide in advance of its theatrical release. Most recently, Misconception, a feature documentary about overpopulation, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Jessica’s documentary shorts have included the playful The Kinda Sutra about adults’ youthful misconceptions about conception. She is currently wrapping production on a documentary short about Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the World Wide Web.
On the narrative side, Jessica is a well-respected director of episodic television programs including Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and Parenthood. She has directed commercial projects for Ford, Jet Blue, MasterCard, Microsoft, and Secret among many others.