Diverse Perspectives Series

Diverse Perspectives Series

Coded Hierarchy - Cinematic Language in Documentary Film

Yu Gu, multi-national filmmaker and visual artist

Monday, April 18, 2022, 5:00 P.M. EST

via YouTube Live

Co-hosted by DMD undergraduates, Manuel Alvarez and Kevin Brown.


Filmmaker and visual artist Yu Gu will discuss the importance of cinematic language in documentary filmmaking, particularly as related to issues of race, gender and equality in the industry.


Filmmaker, Yu Gu

About the Speaker:

Yu Gu is a multinational filmmaker and visual artist. Her latest feature documentary, A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem, world-premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and qualified for the Academy Awards. Variety hailed the film as, “Defiant...a tale of injustice that should speak to many.” The film debuted on PBS’ Independent Lens in January 2021 and was released by 1091 Pictures. Yu co-directed the feature documentary Who is Arthur Chu? on the controversial Jeopardy! Champion. Praised as “Raw, unfiltered and poignant” by Indiewire, the documentary won two festival grand jury awards and was released internationally in 2018. Her work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, Firelight Media and Film Independent, and was awarded Best Emerging Filmmaker at the 2019 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Her latest work includes Super Reviewers, a short documentary for CNN Films, and an episode of the AppleTV documentary series GUTSY

Yu received her MFA in film production from the University of Southern California and a BA from the University of British Columbia. She is a proud member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia, Film Fatales and the Asian American Documentary Network.




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