Our documentary film, Whirlybird, directed by Matt Yoka and executive produced by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato will stream beginning October 16 at 12:00 p.m. PDT for 48 hours to view upon unlock at AFI Fest.
About the film
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.”
Whirlybird will stream beginning October 16, 12:00 p.m. PDT for 48 hours to view upon unlock at AFI Fest.