Aerial coverage of breaking news was rare until the '80s and '90s. But pioneers Marika Gerrard and Zoey Tur turned it into a lucrative but stressful business. The married team took video of all kinds of tragedy, but their company really took off once they bought a helicopter, taking to the skies to cover wildfires, riots, and most famously, the O.J. Simpson freeway chase.
Sundance favorite Whirlybird – nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary – takes a look at their groundbreaking and rule-breaking pursuit of journalism, as well as their tumultuous marriage. The film also covers Zoey's gender transition and features interviews with their daughter, award-winning reporter Katy Tur.
Whirlybird will open in limited theatrical release on August 6, with a digital release to follow.