Group Theory

Group Theory {group theory} is a Brooklyn-based production studio that makes documentaries, short narratives, cartoons, and branded content. Working with a range of creative individuals, we strongly believe in a collaborative storytelling approach.

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"The Sound of Silence" will screen in competition at SFFILM this weekend! See the film in Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision! ...
04/08/2019
The Sound of Silence - SFFILM

"The Sound of Silence" will screen in competition at SFFILM this weekend! See the film in Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision! Michael Tyburski and Ben Nabors will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A. https://sffilm.org/event/the-sound-of-silence/

Peter Lucian (Peter Sarsgaard) holds the keys to Manhattan – at least to how it sounds. He is a house tuner, hiring himself out to people who are uneasy in their apartments, but his real life’s project is mapping the city according to the note each neighborhood possesses. Unfortunately, his need...

#TheSoundOfSilence heads to North Carolina with the RiverRun International Film Festival! Ben Nabors and Michael Tybursk...
03/27/2019
The Sound of Silence - RiverRun International Film Festival

#TheSoundOfSilence heads to North Carolina with the RiverRun International Film Festival! Ben Nabors and Michael Tyburski will be there to present the film. Come out and hear the movie in a theater! https://riverrunfilm.com/film/sound-of-silence/

A successful “house tuner” in New York City, who calibrates the sound in people’s homes in order to adjust their moods, meets an insomniac client with a problem he can’t solve. Meanwhile, his complex research finds sudden resistance in the academic and business worlds, forcing him to questio...

Group Theory's cover photo
03/04/2019

Group Theory's cover photo

Palimpsest, our feature film in prep, receives the Rooftop Films and Eastern Effects, Inc. Equipment Grant! https://www....
12/19/2017
Filmmakers’ Fund Grantees

Palimpsest, our feature film in prep, receives the Rooftop Films and Eastern Effects, Inc. Equipment Grant! https://www.rooftopfilms.com/filmmakers-fund-grantees/

About the Rooftop Filmmakers Fund Grants Unlike festivals which give awards for filmmakers’ past works, the Rooftop Filmmakers Fund is an opportunity to help our community of filmmakers make their next movie. Rooftop Films sets aside $1 from every ticket sold and $1 from every submission fee recei...

More showtimes announced for The Happy Film in BENELUX! Amsterdam, Het Ketelhuis, 7 September - 13 September 16:45Apeldo...
09/05/2017
The Happy Film - Amstelfilm

More showtimes announced for The Happy Film in BENELUX!

Amsterdam, Het Ketelhuis, 7 September - 13 September 16:45
Apeldoorn, Filmtheater Gigant, 10 September 20:15
Den Bosch, Verkadefabriek, 10 September
Den Haag, Filmhuis Den Haag, 10 September 16:30, 12 September 18:45

Further dates and info: http://www.amstelfilm.nl/thehappyfilm

08/29/2017
The Happy Film :: Theater Film Cafe De Lieve Vrouw ::

More screenings just announced for The Happy Film in Belgium, The Netherlands & Luxembourg!

+ Amersfoort, Filmtheater de Lieve Vrouw, 4 September
Tickets: https://lievevrouw.nl/programma/seizoen-20172018/the-happy-film/

+ Amsterdam, Het Ketelhuis, 31 August 21:00, 3 September 17:15, 6 September 17:00
Tickets: https://www.ketelhuis.nl/films/the-happy-film/2140

+ Apeldoorn, Filmtheater Gigant, 3 September 15:45, 6 September 20:15
Tickets: http://www.gigant.nl/programma/the-happy-film/5659/

+Den Bosch, Verkadefabriek, 3 September

Het gaat goed met de Oostenrijkse grafisch ontwerper Stefan Sagmeister. Hij woont in New York, de stad van zijn dromen, en is succesvol op zijn werk. Zo ontwerpt hij album covers voor de Rolling Stones, Jay-Z en de Talking Heads. Desondanks heeft Stefan het gevoel dat hij iets mist in zijn leven. Vo...

07/09/2017
Actor Seeks Role (teaser)

In the IFFBoston Grand Jury Prize winning short film "Actor Seeks Role", an aspiring method actor (Alex Karpovsky) resorts to medical acting, a part-time gig performing the symptoms of various illnesses for student doctors. Although his talents are overlooked by the New York acting community, they catch the attention of a medical instructor (Dylan Baker) with a flair for the theatric. Watch the film on Vimeo. https://vimeo.com/134617892

actorseeksrole.com

Directed by Michael Tyburski
Written & Produced by Ben Nabors

07/09/2017
Palimpsest (teaser)

In the Sundance Film Festival award-winning short film “Palimpsest”, a successful house tuner provides clients with a unique form of therapy that examines subtle details in their living spaces. Watch the film on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/86033985

�Winner - Short Film Special Jury Award for Acting // Sundance Film Festival
Winner - Best Short Drama // New Hampshire Film Festival
Winner - Best Actor // Visionfest - Domani Vision Film Society
Winner - Best Narrative Short // Marin County International Festival
Finalist - Best Short Film // Ashland Independent Film Festival

Directed by Michael Tyburski�
Written by Ben Nabors & Michael Tyburski
Produced by Ben Nabors

07/09/2017
BROOKLYN FARMER (official trailer)

BROOKLYN FARMER explores the unique challenges facing Brooklyn Grange , a group of urban farmers who endeavor to run a commercially viable farm across the rooftops 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. What the film on Vimeo: http://bit.ly/2sDFxUG

07/09/2017
WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL (official trailer)

SXSW Grand Jury Prize winning film about windmill inventor William Kamkwamba is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play! Get the film here: http://bit.ly/2tvSXoH

With only a library book as his guide, 14-year-old William Kamkwamba builds a power-generating windmill in his Malawian village. Using junk parts and imagination, he harnesses enough energy to resuscitate his dying farming community, saving his family from famine. An international media sensation, William soon finds himself faced with complex choices, the burden of expectation, and the constant question “what next?”

AWARDS & ACCOLADES:
Winner Grand Jury Prize (South By Southwest)
Winner Best Documentary (Hardacre Film Festival)
Winner Best Documentary (Asheville Cinema Festival)
Winner Best Documentary (Flyway Film Festival)
Ranked by PBS as one of the top 20 docs of the year
Selected by the US State Department for the American Film Showcase
Included in Hot Docs “Docs for Schools” national program
Awarded at Cinema Eye Honors in New York

“Not the documentary one might expect... a more nuanced alternative to the inevitable Hollywood version to come." - Variety

"Asks important questions about international aid and development.” - NPR

“A fascinating look at the tricky balancing act of third world activism.” - IndieWire
Learn more about the film at WilliamAndTheWindmill.com

07/09/2017
The Happy Film (official trailer)

The Happy Film is now available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play! Stefan Sagmeister turns himself into a design project to see if it's possible to make himself happier. 7 years in the making, 1 year in the touring, and now here for you. http://apple.co/2rV81rX

After a successful tour featuring sold-out screenings throughout North America and the UK, as well as theatrical release...
06/20/2017
The Happy Film on iTunes

After a successful tour featuring sold-out screenings throughout North America and the UK, as well as theatrical releases in select European cities (in some theaters for 4 months)... The Happy Film is finally available online!⠀

Our official release date is June 23rd but you can pre-order it now on iTunes! https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-happy-film/id1247822525

For a complete list of release territories, please visit: http://www.thehappyfilm.org/buy-the-film/

The Happy Film kicks off its theatrical tour in Seattle next week! Catch us in your fair city (unless we’re already sold...
05/02/2017

The Happy Film kicks off its theatrical tour in Seattle next week! Catch us in your fair city (unless we’re already sold out — then, catch us on the Internet when we wide-release). Tickets and showtimes here: http://www.thehappyfilm.org/screenings

May 9 - Seattle - Egyptian Theatre
May 10 - Vancouver - Rio Theater - SOLD OUT
May 11 - Vancouver - Museum of Vancouver
May 12 - Los Angeles - Downtown Independent - SOLD OUT
May 13 - San Francisco - Yerba Buena Center - SOLD OUT
May 14 - Portland - Cinema 21
May 15 - Minneapolis - Landmark Lagoon
May 17 - Austin - Drafthouse Ritz - FIRST SHOW SOLD OUT
May 18 - Detroit - Main Art Theater
May 19 - Toronto - Hot Docs Bloor
May 22 - NYC - SVA Theater - FIRST SHOW SOLD OUT
May 23 - Chicago - Music Box
May 24 - Philadelphia - International House
May 26 - Berkshire International Film Festival

We're excited to announce a special North American screening tour of The Happy Film this May! Stefan Sagmeister will be ...
03/21/2017
Screenings

We're excited to announce a special North American screening tour of The Happy Film this May! Stefan Sagmeister will be in attendance for Q&As in all cities. Tickets are on sale now for Seattle, Los Angeles, Portland and Chicago. More cities coming soon.

Get tickets here: http://www.thehappyfilm.org/screenings

Nov 3 Nov 5 STATE Festival Berlin Thu, Nov 3, 2016 6:00am06:00 Sat, Nov 5, 2016 7:00am07:00 Berlin Germany For showtimes and tickets, please visit the festival site.

Group Theory's cover photo
03/21/2017

Group Theory's cover photo

Two weeks running and The Happy Film holds its spot in the top 10 at the Austrian box office! Find a screening at  https...
01/19/2017
The Happy Film (USA/F/AGB 2016)

Two weeks running and The Happy Film holds its spot in the top 10 at the Austrian box office! Find a screening at https://www.film.at/the-happy-film

Der österreichische Designer Stefan Sagmeister führt kontrollierte Selbst-Experimente durch: diese Versuche und schmerzvolle Erfahrungen führen ihn auf eine Reise, die ihn näher zu sich selbst bringt, als jemals geplant.

We produced and directed a new series for PopSugar and Watchable. Fashion Designer Rachel Antonoff talks to Aidy Bryant,...
12/13/2016

We produced and directed a new series for PopSugar and Watchable. Fashion Designer Rachel Antonoff talks to Aidy Bryant, Lisa Frank, Naturi Naughton, Meryl Davis, Eliza Bennett and many others about their most prized possessions. Watch #KnockKnock here: http://www.watchable.com/shows/13781-knock-knock

Sully Movie hits theaters this weekend, but does it tell the real story?  America saw a daring river landing, but Gnomel...
09/10/2016
Gnomeland Security

Sully Movie hits theaters this weekend, but does it tell the real story? America saw a daring river landing, but Gnomeland Security saw a sky battle with Terrorist Canadian Geese. For what really happened in the sky that day.. http://gnomelandsecurity.us/ Dark Igloo Ben Nabors Noah Norman Peyton Harrison Anthony Mathile Jo Neal

Friends in New York... Catch The Happy Film this Wednesday at WNYC Radio's Greene Space with the filmmakers in conversat...
09/05/2016
'The Happy Film' Screening

Friends in New York... Catch The Happy Film this Wednesday at WNYC Radio's Greene Space with the filmmakers in conversation with John Hockenberry of The Takeaway. http://www.thegreenespace.org/events/thegreenespace/2016/sep/07/architecture-design-film-festival-happy-film-screening/

Wed, Sept 7 | Join us for the kick-off of our series of sneak preview screenings from the Architecture & Design Film Festival before it opens in New York City later this month. Featuring a talkback hosted by John Hockenberry of The Takeaway.

New work with Sagmeister & Walsh and fashion brand MILLY released this week! Print Magazine calls it "bold, edgy, and ir...
08/24/2016
Milly – Sagmeister & Walsh

New work with Sagmeister & Walsh and fashion brand MILLY released this week! Print Magazine calls it "bold, edgy, and irreverent". See images from the campaign here... http://sagmeisterwalsh.com/work/all/milly/

MILLY (by Michelle Smith) wanted to rebrand their advertising and communications to reflect the attributes of their new collections: edgy, irreverent, bold and colorful. When Michelle established the MILLY brand it gained fast recognition for its retro & vintage inspired looks merging American silho...

08/22/2016

BROOKLYN FARMER Itsasfest2016 in San Sebastian, Spain as part of the 2016 European Capital of Culture festivities!

BROOKLYN FARMER is included amongst this year's American Film Showcase international screening program with USC School o...
05/26/2016
Films Year 5 | American Film Showcase

BROOKLYN FARMER is included amongst this year's American Film Showcase international screening program with USC School of Cinematic Arts and the U.S. Department of State. We are honored to participate in such an important program! #filmdiplomacy Michael Tyburski Burke Cherrie Todd Banhazl http://americanfilmshowcase.com/year-5/

Films Year 5 AMERICAN FILM SHOWCASE UNVEILS YEAR 5 SLATE 49 FICTION FEATURES, DOCUMENTARY FEATURES AND DOCUMENTARY SHORTS WERE SELECTED FOR THIS YEAR’S PREMIERE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT FILM TOURING PROGRAM LOS ANGELES (May 25, 2016)— Today the American Film Showcase (AFS), the premiere film diplomacy…

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