Feature Film Program

Brooklyn Drive-In: Whirlybird

In a helicopter over 1990s LA, couple Zoey Tur and Marika Gerrard revolutionized breaking news.

$35; one ticket admits one car


Sun Sep 6 7:30 PM

In a helicopter over 1990s LA, couple Zoey Tur and Marika Gerrard revolutionized breaking news.

The Films


Matt Yoka | US | 103

Soaring above the chaotic spectacle of ‘80s and ‘90s Los Angeles, a young couple revolutionized breaking news with their brazen helicopter reporting. Culled from this news duo’s sprawling video archive is a poignant L.A. story of a family in turbulence hovering over a city unhinged.

A pioneer of helicopter reporting, Zoey Tur, along with then-wife Marika Gerrard, forever changed broadcast news with their action-packed live coverage of monumental moments in the history of L.A., including the 1992 riots and the O.J. Simpson Ford Bronco chase in 1994. This intense work delivered a needed daily dose of adrenaline for Zoey, but the thousands of hours spent chasing breaking news eventually took its toll.

Through the meticulous digitization and restoration of Zoey and Marika's sprawling video tape archive, this documentary brings to life the candid memories and reflections delivered by Zoey and Marika - as well as their kids, including their daughter, MSNBC host and author Katy Tur. In Matt Yoka’s feature debut, Whirlybird, he delivers an immersive L.A. epic through the intimate story of a relationship.

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Trevor Anderson | Canada | 16

A young Indigenous musician and his rock band bring mumblepunk to the Interstellar Rodeo. A rock ‘n’ roll survival story of a different stripe.

Event Details

7:30 PM
Doors Open & Pre-Show Begins
8:30 PM
Films Begin
10:00 PM
Q&A with director Matt Yoka
For entry, drive southbound down 1st Avenue to the corner of 58th Street. Entrance is at 80 58th St. Signs and members of staff will direct you to the Drive-In upon arrival.

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PLEASE NOTE: This film is not yet rated and may not be considered appropriate for younger audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.

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