Docs about Los Angeles helicopter reporter Zoey Tur and 1960s counterculture icon Jerry Rubin are among the projects participating in the Tribeca Film Institute and A&E IndieFilm’s fourth annual StoryLab.
The three-day workshop, which kicked off in New York City on Wednesday (Nov. 2), provides one-on-one mentorship, master classes, industry discussions and networking opportunities for five teams of documentary filmmakers with projects in production or post-production.
This year’s projects include director Matt Yoka‘s ITVS-backed Whirlybird (pictured), about L.A. eye-in-the-sky helicopter pilot/reporter Zoey Tur, who rose to national prominence during O.J. Simpson’s slow-speed police chase in 1994; and Paul Lovelace and Jessica Wolfson‘s Did It! From Yippie to Yuppie, about the late radical activist-turned-capitalist Jerry Rubin.
Brett Fallentine‘s Fire on the Hill, about three black cowboys from Compton, California; Rita Baghdadi and Jeremiah Hammerling‘s My Country, No More, which looks at North Dakota farming families impacted by the oil boom; and Stephen Maing’s untitled criminal justice project, round out the list of participants.
Workshop sessions are being led by Looking Glass Films founder Richard Hankin (Capturing the Friedmans), and Motto Films’ Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements and Carolyn Hepburn. Weiner directors Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg will also speak.