Matt Yoka’s Whirlybird, recipient of the Garrett Scott Grant (CoLAB)

The 2016 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant granted by the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (April 7-10, 2016), now in its tenth year, has been awarded to Jonathan Olshefski for Quest: The Fury and the Sound and to Matt Yoka for Whirlybird. Grant organizers joined the filmmakers in presenting short excerpts from their works-in-progress prior to a screening of Cheap Pills The Peacemaker by 2014 grant recipient James Demo.

The grant is awarded in honor of filmmaker Garrett Scott, who made a distinctive mark in the documentary genre during his brief career. It recognizes first-time filmmakers who, like Scott, bring a unique vision to the content and style of their documentary films. More on the grant here .

Still from Whirlybird, a documentary about legendary helicopter reporter, Zoey Tur.


Matt Yoka dabbles filmmaking and writing. His work has been featured at CNN, Time Magazine Online, Vice Magazine, Pitchfork TV, Spin, Harvard University’s MetaLab, and The Exploratorium Museum. He was grown in California and went to the University of San Francisco.