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Brooklyn Farmer: A Portrait of Urban Farming (now screening)

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Brooklyn, NY

“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. As their growing operation expands to a second roof, the team confronts the realities inherent in operating the world’s largest rooftop farm in one of the world’s biggest cities.

In this documentary film, we follow the team as they plan and install this new development, tracing the ins and outs of a risky business expansion.  The result is a portrait of hardworking and ambitious urban agrarians who are committed to transforming the city’s relationship to fresh, healthy, locally-produced food, despite considerable challenges and setbacks.

From Brooklyn Grange, in their own words: 

At our core, we are a farm, and growing nutritious, tasty food is our passion.  Doing so in New York is our dream.  We believe that this city can be more sustainable; that our air can be cooler and waterways can be cleaner.  We believe that the 14% of our landfills comprised of food scraps should be converted into organic energy for our plants, and plants around the city via active compost programs.  We believe that food should be fresh, not sitting on the back of a flatbed for two weeks.  We believe that food should taste fresh.  Because at the end of the day, it’s about sitting down with our farmily, admiring that sunset over the city skyline, snacking on a perfectly ripe, sweet tomato and remembering: this is what real food is.

BROOKLYN FARMER premiered at DOC NYC and had its international premiere at the International Environmental Film Festival in Paris. It is currently screening at festivals worldwide.

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Director - Michael Tyburski
Producers - Burke Cherrie & Ben Nabors
Original Score -  Matt Abeysekera
Original Songs -  Liam Cohl & Mike Poskanzer

Cinematographers
Todd Banhazl
Julia Dengel
Filipp Penson

Additional Cinematography
Nathan Allen
Matthew Charof
Corey Ellis
Spenser Holstein
Lauren Elizabeth Kelly
Brian Petchers
Alba Seoane
Michael Tyburski
Dave Waldron

Editors
Paul Greenhouse
Michael Tyburski

Associate Producer- Jos Diaz
Assistant Editor - Spenser Holstein
Colorist - Sam Gursky
Sound Re-recording Mixer - Luciano Vignola
Titles - Workshop

Featuring
Anastasia Cole Plakias
Chase Emmons
Ben Flanner
Matt Jefferson
Michael Meier
Gwen Schantz