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Flying high above Los Angeles in a whirling news helicopter, Marika Gerrard and Zoey Tur (known then as Bob) captured some of the city’s most epic breaking news stories. The two recount the salacious details of their career as a husband-and-wife journalist team doing whatever it took to catch an unfolding story. 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. A wholly unique take on the story of Los Angeles told through stunning aerial footage and remarkable home videos, Whirlybird reframes many of the city’s pivotal moments of the 1990s, including the O. J. Simpson pursuit and the 1992 riots.

In Matt Yoka’s sprawling debut feature, he deftly mirrors the peaks and valleys of one unique American family to the city of Los Angeles, showcasing their parallel growing pains and their search for a sense of self. Whirlybird is a completely original and intricately woven tapestry that reveals the agony and the ecstasy of breaking news.

YEAR 2020

CATEGORY U.S. Documentary Competition


RUN TIME 103 min

COMPANY Fishbowl Films

WEBSITE http://www.whirlybirdfilm.com

EMAIL diane@fishbowl-films.com

PHONE (323) 620-3806


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Artist Bio

Matt Yoka

Director/producer Matt Yoka began his career making TV programs with Vice Media (Vice Does America, Epicly Later'd, Huang's World, and HBO’s Vice Special Report: A World in Disarray). He developed a distinct visual style directing music videos for record labels like Drag City and Sub Pop, collaborating often with Ty Segall. His 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.