Full Frame festival in Durham to pay tribute to Jessica Yu

02/01/2013 2:29 PM

02/01/2013 2:30 PM

The 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will celebrate the work of filmmaker Jessica Yu during its thematic program and tribute.

The program will also examine the intersections of truth and storytelling with a series of films curated by filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev.

The festival will honor Yu with the Full Frame Tribute and will feature a retrospective of her work. Yu is a director of documentaries and scripted films.

“Full Frame has become an oasis for documentary filmmakers and audiences,” Yu said.

She won an Oscar for Best Documentary Short for “Breathing Lessons” (1996), a film about Mark O’Brien, a poet confined to an iron lung. Her latest film for Participant Media, “Last Call at the Oasis” (2011), is a chronicle of the water crisis.

Her documentaries include the award-winning features “Protagonist” (2007), “In the Realms of the Unreal” (2004), HBO’s “The Living Museum” (1998), and the shorts “Meet Mr. Toilet” (2012) and “The Kinda Sutra” (2009).

Bar-Lev directed the documentary films “Fighter” (2001), “My Kid Could Paint That” (2007) and “The Tillman Story” (2010). He co-produced the documentary “Trouble the Water” (2008), which won the 2008 Full Frame Grand Jury Award and was a 2009 Academy Award nominee. Bar-Lev is currently directing “Happy Valley,” about the Penn State scandal.

“Attending Full Frame, what always inspires me most is the infinite variety of approaches to storytelling,” Bar-Lev said in a statement. “Every documentary is a unique, thorny relationship – between filmmaker and ‘character,’ fact and representation, reality and story.”

“With this year’s thematic program, I wanted to address the tension between truth and perspective,” said director of programming Sadie Tillery. “What happens when one person’s impression of events is at odds with the facts on the ground? I am particularly interested in films that give equal weight to, or even attempt to reconcile, different notions of truth. Amir Bar-Lev brings distinct experience and insight to this exploration. I’m thrilled to be working with him.”

Both Yu and Bar-Lev will attend the festival.

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