University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Jessica Yu

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Jessica Yu is an Academy Award-winning and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and writer working in a variety of media and genres. Her recent feature documentaries include "Last Call at the Oasis," "A Bracing Look at the Water Crisis," and "Misconception: An Exploration of Population Issues". Short films include "You Who Look," "A Portrait of the Artist James Turrell," and "," -- a chronicle of Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s invention of the World Wide Web within the context of the struggle over internet rights -- and "The Guide" -- the story of a budding Mozambican biologist's encounter with E.O. Wilson.

Jessica won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short for "Breathing Lessons: The Life" and "Work of Mark O’Brien" an intimate portrait of the writer who lived for four decades confined to an iron lung. Her features include "Protagonist," -- a look at extremism through the lives of a spectrum of individuals -- "In the Realms of the Unreal," -- the celebrated documentary about outsider artist Henry Darger; for which she was nominated for a Writers Guild of America award -- "The Living Museum," -- a portrait of an art community in a New York psychiatric institution -- and the Asian American cult comedy, "Ping Pong Playa."

As a director, she has also worked on various shows, including "American Crime," "Lady Dynamite," "Parenthood," "Grey’s Anatomy," "13 Reasons Why" and "The West Wing," as well as Maria Bamford’s one-hour Netflix comedy special, "Old Baby. "A graduate of Yale University, Jessica has written pieces for several outlets, including the Los Angeles Times Magazine and Pacific News Service. Jessica lives in Southern California with her husband, the writer and teacher Mark Salzman, and their two daughters: Ava and Esme. "Garden of the Lost and Abandoned" is her first book.

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Scheduled events:
Exploring the Lives of Amazing People
Schwartz and Yu take their audience on a journey of exploration into the lives of two people who changed the world in big and small ways.

UA Library - Special Collections (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: David N. Schwartz, Jessica Yu
Moderator: Elliott Cheu
One Ordinary Woman and the Children She Saves
Yu describes the extraordinary true story of journalist Gladys Kalibbala, who saves abandoned children living on the streets of Uganda's capital city of Kampala. Assistive listening devices available.

Student Union Kiva (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Student Union Kiva (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Jessica Yu
Moderator: Mort Rosenblum

Garden of the Lost and Abandoned: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Woman and the Children She Saves
History / Biography
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
November 2017
ISBN 9780544617063
$27.00, INSTORE
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