Oscar winner, Jessica Yu

14 08 2008


Film producer Jessica Yu is expected to have her film Ping Pong Playa hits American audiences next month.

Did you know that she first stumbled upon film production when looking for a flexible job to attend  fencing competitions?

Jessica was a member of the 1986 USA National Fencing Team and participated in the 1983, 1985, and 1987 US Olympic Festival.

She graduated Yale University, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, with a B.A. in English.

One of her role models?

Writer/artist Henry Darger, whom she featured in a film. Darger has become famous for his posthumously discovered 15,145-page fantasy manuscript called The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion, along with several hundred drawings and watercolor paintings illustrating the story. Darger’s work has become one of the most celebrated examples of outsider art.





Image from: http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2008-04/38360293.jpg


Ping pong playa, film director and actor duo: Jessica Yu & Jimmy Tsai

14 08 2008
This is the new movie poster for Ping Pong Playa with Asian American film director and actor Jimmy Tsai. Thanks Angry Asian Man! According to Wikipedia, Jimmy is also producing The Killing of A Chinese Cookie, a documentary about the history of the fortune cookie.
Synopsis from Wikipedia:

With a family-run store devoted to all things ping pong and a mom who teaches it at the local Chinese Community Center, the Wangs’ entire world revolves around the sport. But despite the family legacy, C-dub opts to spend his free time playing video games and daydreaming about get-rich quick schemes with his best friend JP Money.

With the National Golden Cock Tournament coming up and an injured Michael unable to defend his title, C-dub must become the player he pretends to be and defend his family’s ping pong dynasty.

Jimmy Tsai and Jessica Yu wrote the screenplay for film.
Contact the filmmakers for interviews, just email them at contact@pingpongplaya.com. Otherwise, go catch the film when it comes out in September!