Natasha Florentino, Director
Natasha Florentino is an independent documentary filmmaker and the director of Abundant Land. In 2008 she co-directed and co-produced REZONING HARLEM (http://www.rezoningharlem.com), a documentary about the opposition to the NYC rezoning of 125th street. The film was used as an educational and community-organizing tool throughout New York City. REZONING HARLEM was screened at the Maysles Cinema, various public venues, gentrification symposiums, film festivals and throughout university classrooms in NY. The film is currently being distributed by Third World Newsreel.
Natasha has spoken at numerous community screenings, Q&A’s, events and conferences. She is passionate about getting to the root of social inequalities and is always eager to share her experiences as a documentary filmmaker. She can enthusiastically communicate about why strengthening our local food systems is more than a way of producing healthier food, but a social responsibility that has huge ramifications for marginalized communities who are often on the frontlines of harmful corporate practices.
In 2012, Natasha received her MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College (CUNY) with a specialization in documentary film.
Armen Zohrabian, Producer & Photographer
Armen Zohrabian (http://www.azohrabian.com) is an attorney, cinematographer and photographer. He has photographed parts of Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Armenia, Georgia, California and Hawaii. He runs a recording studio in San Francisco and was the Executive Producer for turntablist DJ Quest’s Questolous album.
Benjamin Moss, Editor
Benjamin Moss (http://www.benjaminfmoss.com) is a media artist, editor and educator. He has produced documentary films, promotional videos and educational videos for numerous educational and arts organizations. His traditional documentary work has been shown at the Mystic Independent Film Festival and the Ailey Citygroup Theater, among other venues. His experimental work has been exhibited at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Kala Art Institute, The Stony Brook School and the Berkeley Art Center. Moss has taught at St. Luke’s School in Connecticut, Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire and Menlo College in California. Moss received his BA from Trinity College, his MDiv from Yale University and his MFA from the Integrated Media Arts program at Hunter College.
Hannah Schulman, Associate Producer
Hannah Schulman (www.hannahschulman.com) is an artist and filmmaker. She studied Film and Media Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia and produced videos at the Fabric Workshop and Museum. She's now working for the Women's Film Institute in San Francisco and she's interested in promoting the voices of women and underrepresented people in visual media.
Elenita Nicholas, Editing Intern
Elenita Nicholas (www.makanimedia.com) is a student and aspiring filmmaker/media producer. She studied Anthropology at Georgetown University and is now entering a master's program in Museum Anthropology at Columbia University.
Her interests lie in digital media interpretation, with a focus on how collaborative documentary can alleviate issues of representation within (and outside of) museum spaces. She has produced digital media for the East Bay Regional Park District, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the "Taste with Kevin Longa" docu-series, and now for the "Abundant Land" documentary film."