Jessica Yu

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Jessica Yu
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Yu on location in Mozambique, 2016
Born Jessica Lingmin Yu
(1966-02-14) February 14, 1966 (age 51)
New York City
Occupation Director, writer, producer
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Mark Salzman
Children 2

Jessica Lingmin Yu (born 14 February 1966) is an American film director, writer, producer, and editor. She has directed documentary films, dramatic films, and television shows. Yu won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject for Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien (1997).[1] Yu's film Last Call at the Oasis (2012) is based upon Alex Prud'homme's Ripple Effect. Her more recent films have been: Misconception (2014), and ForEveryone.Net (2016), a documentary film about the inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

Early life[edit]

Yu grew up in Los Altos Hills, California and graduated from Gunn High School in Palo Alto. There she wrote for the school newspaper, The Oracle. She then went to Yale University, majored in English and was an NCAA All-American in fencing. As a world-class foilist, she was a member of the Junior World Team and the United States national team at the World Championships and World University Games. Jessica Yu graduated from Yale University summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in English, 1987.

Personal life[edit]

Selfie photography by Jessica Yu. Permission granted for use.

She, her husband, acclaimed author Mark Salzman, and their daughters, Ava and Esme, live in Los Angeles.[citation needed] Her father, Dr. Kou-ping Yu, an oncologist, was born in Shanghai. Her mother, Connie Young Yu, writer and historian, is a third-generation Californian. Jessica has an older sister, Jennifer Yu, a technical publications manager, and a younger brother, Martin Yu, an actor.[citation needed]

Selective filmography as director[edit]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Jessica Yu". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 

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