Andrea James


March 31 ‘Whirlybird’ screening at Wabash ‘shOUT

Join me for a special Trans Day of Visibility event at Wabash College. We are screening Whirlybird Thursday, March 31 at 7pm in Baxter 101. See you there!

Join me for Deadline Hollywood’s ‘Whirlybird’ screening November 17

November 17, 2021 at 5:00 PM Pacific



Presented by NatGeo

Soaring above the chaotic spectacle of ’80s and ’90s Los Angeles, a young couple revolutionized breaking news with their brazen helicopter reporting. Zoey Tur and Marika Gerrard’s live coverage of events such as the 1992 riots and the O.J. Simpson pursuit shaped the recorded history of a city while deeply impacting their personal lives. Through the meticulous digitization and restoration of their sprawling video archive, this documentary brings to life the candid memories and reflections of a family, creating an immersive L.A. epic told through the intimate story of a relationship.



Tribeca encore of ‘Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps’ on June 18, 2021

The 2021 Tribeca Film Festival is having a special encore screening of the episodic version of our experimental media project Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps.


Playing in this program:
Magic Hour
Pretty People
Deceased Ones
Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps

  • Outdoor Screening
  • FRIDAY, JUN 18, 2021, 8:00 PM
  • Clinton Hall beer garden at Empire Outlets
  • 55 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301


Inclusion in the Library of Congress Web Archives

In 2021, the United States Library of Congress selected my life’s work for inclusion in their collection.

Via the Library of Congress:

The United States Library of Congress has selected your website for inclusion in the Library’s historic collection of Internet materials related to the LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive. We consider your website to be an important part of this collection and the historical record.

The Library of Congress preserves important cultural artifacts and provides enduring access to them. The Library’s traditional functions, acquiring, cataloging, preserving and serving collection materials of historical importance to foster education and scholarship, extend to digital materials, including websites. Our web archives are important because they contribute to the historical record, capturing information that could otherwise be lost. With the growing role of the web as an influential medium, records of historic events could be considered incomplete without materials that were “born digital” and never printed on paper.

The following URL has been selected:

The week in TV: Devils; Storyville: Whirlybird: Live Above LA; Behind Her Eyes; Torn and more – review

Euan Ferguson

Sun 21 Feb 2021 04.30 EST

As a simple tale of adrenaline, Whirlybird: Live Above LA made a fascinating enough Storyville: breaking news in its infancy, with fast-to-screen video a major new player, and he and wife Marika in the air, literally ambulance-chasing, and snatching exclusive footage of so much, including that OJ Simpson pursuit (80 million viewers: wow). Then came the twist.

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Story of transgender journalist Zoey Tur who captured THAT OJ Simpson chase footage with her then wife is told in documentary that reveals how abusive behavior and her gender identity struggle led to their split


PUBLISHED: 08:50 EST, 16 February 2021

Storyville documentary Whirlybird: Live Above LA, which aired on BBC Four last night, reveals how Tur and Gerrard became a two-man helicopter news team in the 1980s, finding success with live coverage of police raids, fires and car chases. 

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Greenwich Buys Sundance Doc ‘Whirlybird’, Chronicling LA News Helicopter Couple

February 16, 2021 6:42am

By Tom Grater

International Film Reporter


Greenwich Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Whirlybird from A&E IndieFilms. The doc, which premiered at last year’s Sundance, is the feature debut of Matt Yoka. It follows a husband-and-wife news helicopter team who covered some of Los Angeles’ most historic events.


Whirlybird: Live Above LA review – intimate portrayal of how they got the eye in the sky

Lucy Mangan @LucyMangan

Mon 15 Feb 2021 17.30 EST

Whirlybird: Live Above LA (BBC Four) sets out to be many things. It is a documentary about the evolution – brought about largely by one married couple, Bob Tur and Marika Gerrard-Tur – in live broadcast news in the US since the early 80s. It is an intimate, bittersweet portrait of the breakup of a family under pressure. It is the story of a man’s transition to life as a woman, as Bob came out publicly in 2013 as a trans woman and now lives as Zoey Tur. (I am using the names and pronouns the film and family use when talking about the past, on the assumption that Zoey, a strong, articulate presence who seems unlikely not to have made any feelings on the matter clear, signed off on the decision.) And it is an oblique study in what it takes to get things done, whether it is to revolutionise an industry, remake a body or remove yourself from a toxic relationship when, as it was for Marika, not only your domestic life and your children but also your professional existence are bound up in it.


Whirlybird screening 27-29 November at LACMA

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is screening our film Whirlybird with a post-screening conversation with director Matt Yoka.

FILM at LACMA presents classic and contemporary narrative and documentary films, artists and their influences, emerging auteurs, international showcases, special guest-curated programs, and conversations with artists and special guests.

Join FILM at LACMA for a screening of Whirlybird. The film will be followed by a post-screening conversation with director Matt Yoka.

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