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Opens on August 6

Director: Matt Yoka Run Time: 103 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: Katy Tur, Marika Gerrard, Zoey Tur

Country: United States
Language: English

“brave and finely balanced…a complicated, engaging, one-of-a-kind, portrait”

– Jude Dry for IndieWire

About the film:

Official Selection of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

Flying high above Los Angeles in a whirling news helicopter, husband-and-wife team Marika Gerrard and Zoey Tur (then known as Bob) covered some of the city’s most dramatic events and changed breaking news forever.

Doing whatever it took to catch unfolding stories such as the L.A. riots and the infamous O.J Simpson Bronco chase, their camera captured the extreme adrenaline of the culture of live news and, as a result, the strain it took on their relationship—and, ultimately, a major life transition for Zoey.

About the filmmakers:

Director and producer Matt Yoka began his career working on a wide range of TV with Vice Media, including Vice Does America, Epicly Later’d, Huang’s World, and HBO’s Vice Special Report: A World in Disarray. During this time, he also developed a distinct visual style directing music videos for record labels like Drag City and Sub Pop, collaborating most often with artist and composer Ty Segall.

Yoka’s first feature film, Whirlybird, draws inspiration from his childhood in Los Angeles and his research at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism, where he received a Master’s Degree. He set out to tell a story about the city through the reporters’ stunning aerial footage and remarkable home videos. Read more here.

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