Jul 182013

For longtime fans of filmmaker Jessica Yu’s documentary work, the shadow puppets that first greet audiences of her latest film “The Guide” by way of shadow puppets will come as a welcome reminder of her 2004 profile of the artist Henry Darger, “In the Realms of the Unreal,” while the introduction shortly thereafter of Tonga Torcida, an aspiring teenage docent at Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique will seem like an ideal followup to her last film “Last Call at the Oasis,” which was an urgent overview of the world’s diminishing fresh water supply.

(more at:Jessica Yu Follows “The Guide” Towards Africa’s Future)

Apr 192013

Aspen Business Journal

After six days of screenings, Aspen Film announced Aspen Shortsfest’s International Competition winners, many of them International or North American premieres.

(more at Aspen Business Journal: Aspen Shortsfest is a wrap)

Aspen Film

Aspen Shortsfest 2013 was held April 9-14, at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen and the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale. More than 2,800 submissions from around the world were considered and 83 short films, representing over thirty countries and exploring more, were ultimately selected for this year’s International Competition. From recognizable to emerging talent, the 2013 edition showcased a vibrant array of comedy, drama, animation and documentary film. Over 45 filmmakers from around the world plus other special guests attended.

(more at: Aspen Film: Shortfest 2013 Awards)

Apr 042013

Megan Rise writing for The Duke University Chronicle spoke with Jessica Yu on the occasion of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival’s tribute and retrospective screening of her work.

Recess: I’m excited for your work to be shown as the Full Frame Tribute this week. What should the audience expect from your films?

Jessica Yu: I think that what people will notice is that the subject matter and the style of the films being shown ranges a lot. Sometimes when you hear about a retrospective of someone’s work, there’s kind of a thematic continuity or stylistic exploration that’s very traceable, and I think in my work, it seems a little more eclectic. I’m not sure why that is, but it’s pretty noticeable.

(read more: Recess Interviews Jessica Yu Documentary Filmmaker)