Our new documentary film, Whirlybird, directed by Matt Yoka and executive produced by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, made its world debut in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival this past Sunday.
This uniquely profound documentary shares the unparalleled story of Zoey Tur and then-wife and career partner, Marika Gerrard, who revolutionized breaking news in Los Angeles via helicopter.
The film follows the duo’s hunger to do whatever it took to capture news, features never-before-seen archival footage, and shows the intersection between the obsession of breaking news in the ’90s, its effect on the world, and the effect on those who captured it—the decline of Tur and Gerrard’s relationship parallels the violent state of Los Angeles in the late ’80s and ’90s.
Yoka spent six years sorting through and digitizing Tur’s archives, and you can see historical footage throughout the documentary, including the 1992 riots to the infamous OJ Simpson pursuit.
Jonathan Christian from The Playlist writes, “Whirlybird seeks to shine a light on those who watch the news just as much as it documents the manic fixation of those who report the news.”
You can get your tickets to watch the film at the dates and locations below or by clicking here to check availability.
Tuesday, January 28th 9:00 PM Park Avenue Theatre Park City Theaters
Thursday, January 30th 9:00 AM Library Center Theatre Park City Theaters
Friday, January 31st 9:00 PM Redstone Cinema 7 Park City Theaters
Saturday, February 1st 3:30 PM Rose Wagner Center Salt Lake City