Angelfish, a Short Film by Michael Tyburski

Michael Tyburski is an award-winning filmmaker of short films, documentaries, branded content, and commercials. His work has been featured on The New Yorker, Indiewire, NOWNESS, Short of the Week, and in Filmmaker Magazine, which named him amongst the “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Michael grew up in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, and now lives and makes films in New York City and Los Angeles.

Michael's short film "Angelfish" definitely has that adventurous spirit that's highly contagious.


While searching for isolation, an aimless young man named August moves to live aboard a sailboat on New York City's East River.

Since moving to New York City, I’ve been fascinated by the subculture of people who live on sailboats hidden within the creeks, canals and rivers of one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. That idea, along with a short story by Perrin Drumm about a directionless young man who lives above a fish shop in Chinatown, became a meditative tale about the adventures of moving off the grid and onto the open water to search for what can’t be found within the confines of the city.

There are two sailboats in the story. The first is a small boat where our protagonist lives on the East River. The second boat is a beautiful 75-foot wooden schooner, handbuilt by the real life sailor/adventurer, Reid Stowe, who also appears in the film. I befriended Reid shortly after he returned from sailing alone at sea for 1,152 consecutive days. His boat, The Anne, is covered almost completely with his unique artwork and carvings, and I knew from the moment I saw it that I wanted to capture it on film.