Brooklyn Farmer

Screens in “I Heart New York” Shorts Program
Saturday, September 20 at 12:30 p.m.

Director: Michael Tyburski
26 min.

“Brooklyn Farmer” explores the unique challenges facing Brooklyn Grange, a group of urban farmers who endeavor to run a commercially viable farm within the landscape of New York City. The film follows Head Farmer Ben Flanner, CEO Gwen Schantz, Communications Director Anastasia Plakias, Farm Manager Michael Meier, and Beekeeper Chase Emmons as their growing operation expands from Long Island City, Queens to a second roof in the Brooklyn Navy Yards. The team confronts the realities inherent in operating the world’s largest rooftop farm in one of the world’s biggest cities.


Director Michael Tyburski is an award-winning filmmaker in Brooklyn, New York where he directs commercials, documentaries and short films. His work has screened around the world, including the Sundance Film Festival where his short film Palimpsest won a Special Jury Award. In 2013 Filmmaker Magazine named him one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film”.

Producer Ben Nabors is a documentary filmmaker working in Brooklyn, NY. He’s received filmmaking grants from Participant Pictures, The Tribeca Institute, The Fledgling Fund, and the True/False Film Festival. In 2010, he founded {group theory}, a collaboration-­driven production studio that creates documentaries, short narratives, cartoons and branded content. He directed and produced WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL, a feature length documentary about William Kamkwamba, a young windmill inventor from Malawi, which won the Documentary Feature Grand Jury Award at the 2013 South by Southwest Film Festival. In 2013, Filmmaker Magazine named Ben among the “25 New Faces of Independent Film”. Nabors co-wrote and produced Palimpsest, a narrative short that won a Special Jury Prize at at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013, which he is now developing into a scripted feature.

Producer Burke Cherrie, a native of the wide open farmlands of Pennsylvania, is a freelance filmmaker in Brooklyn. A graduate of NYU’s film program, he has worked on a range of commercials, films and documentaries, and holds kale in the highest regard.

{group theory} is a Brooklyn-based production studio that creates documentaries, short narratives, cartoons, and branded content. Working with a roster of creative individuals, we strongly believe in a collaborative storytelling approach.  Since its founding, the studio has worked with clients such as Four Seasons Hotels, Betty Crocker, MIT, The University of Chicago, Purina, and Broadway’s “Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark”.  Current projects include “WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL”, a feature length documentary about Malawian William Kamkwamba (which won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the South By Southwest Film Festival in 2013), “Palimpsest”, a narrative film about a successful House Tuner in New York (which won a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013), and “The Happy Film”, a feature length documentary about graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister and his pursuit of happiness.   We love what we do. View our work at