Bird's Eye introduces us to a skater girl with no formal
education who claims her place as one of the top aerial
photographers in the world.
This will be a short documentary that captures world class
aerial photographer Petra Leary's drive, energy, and incredible
talent. We want to journey with her through her incredible
perspective on the world - and bring you with us! We are super
stoked to be a part of Loading Docs this year - and love the theme
of POWER. We can't wait to make a powerful film and you can help
empower us to do it.
Petra Leary is absolutely killing it in the lofty world stage of
aerial photography. Chronicling an upcoming personal exhibition of
her trademark photos of basketball courts, we follow the girl
behind this unique and dazzling work as she shoots. We follow her
process as a young person trying to make sense of a complex,
challenging, and at times cruel world through drone
Having pushed back against a traditional education, Petra has
mastered an art that is dangerous, adrenaline filled and highly
technical - and often considered a "boy's toys" medium. We get a
glimpse of the magical sense of play in her manipulation of her
images - something garnered from her dynamic artistic family
lineage - and Petra herself is as arresting, puzzling, and striking
as the world she sees through her lens.
What will we do with the donations?
For this short documentary we want to really get inside Petra's
perspective. It will be up close and personal, but also feature
some of her incredible photographs and films. To get the most out
of this we will follow Petra on some of her adventures, and film
some incredible footage from her drones. Donations will contribute
to this, and our incredible crew, as well as permitting and
location costs, editing and music.
All donations to this project through Boosted are tax deductible
and you'll get a receipt to prove it to your accountant!
Crowdfunding is an awesome way to build our audience from the
beginning of the filmmaking process - we can take you on the wild
ride that is making a film!
Loading Docs is supported by NZ On Air, with additional support
from the New Zealand Film Commission and Te Māngai Pāho, and more
incredible supporters who all want to see this film get made.
Loading Docs will provide an additional $5500 but only if we hit
our funding goal of $2500.
Where will you be able to see the film?
You will get to see it online, anywhere in the world! And for
FREE. We are excited to make this film, and to share it with as
many people as possible.
Take in the Bird's Eye view! Thank you
for taking the time to read about our project. And if you can't
donate - please share the project and look out for the end result
Morgan Albrecht - Director
Morgan Albrecht attended the first intake of The Actor's Program
in Auckland in 2014. A few years spent doing what drama school
graduates do in NZ - theatre, TV, short films, features films,
lowkey garnering several NZ Film Award nominations, Morgan took the
suggestion of a school tutor that she might have an even stronger
flair for directing. She's kept a focus on learning the craft from
the ground up, assisting directors and producers at iconic Kiwi
production company Flying Fish, and particularly falling in love
with the world of documentary.
She is most proud of her most recent doco piece Coco for Radio New Zealand's
Wireless Docs, about Auckland mother Jo Galvin-Martinengo's
daughter Coco receiving a diagnosis of Angelman Syndrome, and their
journey attending West Auckland Riding for the Disabled. She has
several long form documentary scripts in the pipeline.
Morgan also plays in several Auckland bands, is touring America
with a Japanese punk band later in 2019 and plans to film it
somehow even if she's got her hands full with a guitar.
Morgan Leigh Stewart - Producer
Morgan has produced over 40 features, short films, commercials,
and music videos. Projects include the lauded splatter comedy
feature DEATHGASM (SXSW 2015); K Rd
Stories- a digital story project, and dark comedy short
Stick To Your Gun (Palm Springs ShortFest
Morgan has worked with local and international festivals and
industry organisations including Melbourne International Film
Festival, The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and Film
Auckland. She has been involved in producing the 48Hours Furious
Filmmaking competition (including entering one year and reaching
the Grand Finals!), the Make My Movie project, and the New Zealand
She has previously participated in the prestigious short
documentary program Loading Docs - producing Joe Hitchcock's
Blood Sugar, and
directing She Speeds.
Morgan continues to work with filmmakers around New Zealand on
events, films, television and digital projects.