Andrea James

Matt Yoka

Two graduate alumni screen their documentaries at Sundance Film Festival

JANUARY 28, 2020 Mira Zimet  Matt Yoka was at a professional camera store when he heard the news that his documentary, Whirlybird had also been accepted. “I remember the sales guys couldn’t be bothered with my questions — and then I got a call…

‘Whirlybird’: Film Review | Sundance 2020

3:15 PM PST 1/26/2020 by Daniel Fienberg Whirlybird is informative and thrilling. It’s also profound and sad. And maybe it’s got threads of inspiration and uplift as well. That’s a wide range of responses, and it’s as much as you could have hoped…

Sundance 2020: “Whirlybird” Probes LA From Above

Clint Worthington January 26, 2020 Even through its glimpses into the dark underbelly of LA and the Turs’ marriage, Yoka still manages to craft propulsive moments of lurid news stories, and occasionally takes the time to dig into the quirkiness…

In WHIRLYBIRD, The Cost Of A Scoop Is Your Soul (Review)

by Kyle Anderson Jan 26 2020 • 3:15 PM The footage we get in Whirlybird is astonishing. We see the raw footage, including outtakes before and after the live segments on the news. With this, we see a picture of Tur’s demanding perfectionism…

Whirlybird Doc Soars Over Fires, Riots and Killings to Tell the Origin Story of Breaking News

Tim Molloy Published on January 26, 2020 But when the rush of breaking news wears off, everyone is left to consider the personal costs — and what is was all for. Whirlybird helps us understand breaking news as a high-flying addiction like any…

‘Whirlybird’ Film Review: Journalism Doc Makes More Impact With Family Breakup Than With Breaking News

Sundance 2020: The evolution of L.A.-based news pales in comparison to the personal story in Matt Yoka’s documentary Elizabeth Weitzman | January 26, 2020 @ 3:15 PM There’s more, though. And since it’s not presented as a spoiler, it should be…

Sundance 2020 Documentaries: How I Shot That

Chris O’Falt Jan 29, 2020 1:32 pm Shooting “Whirlybird” Dir: Matt Yoka Format: 2.8k ProRes 4444Camera: ARRI Alexa MiniLens: Panavision PCZ 19-90mm T2.8 zoom Cinematographer Ed Herrera: Our earliest conversations revolved around the color photographs of Nan Goldin from the 1980’s. There’s something inherently personal…

‘Whirlybird’ Review: An Absorbing Look at a Sky News Pioneer’s Unconventional Life

Jude Dry Jan 29, 2020 12:39 pm The Tur family tale, in which a plucky young couple fall in love and raise children to a soundtrack of manhunts and forest fires, is undeniably compelling and an obvious fit for the…

Sundance Film Review: ‘Whirlybird’ Soars Just As High As Its Subject

BY TONI GONZALES -January 30, 2020 The history of Los Angeles isn’t in a museum that you visit. No, it sits on thousands of videotapes in a U-haul storage unit. Or, it did until director Matt Yoka and his team came along to convert…

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