I saw Steve Fugate on the side of the road in the Californian desert the day after Christmas. In 1999, lost his son to suicide. A few years later he lost his daughter to a drug overdose. At sixty-four years old, he has walked across the United States seven times to raise awareness for depression and suicide and to inspire people he meets to "love life." Prior to his departure, Steve ran a couple of successful car detailing businesses in Vero Beach, Florida. After fourteen years and 34,000 miles of walking, Steve continues his quest to heal his heart and the hearts of those in need.
“When love fills your life all limitations are gone. The medicine this sick world needs so badly is love.”
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A Short Film by Cyrus Sutton
Right now the Islands of Hawaii are in a food fight of global consequence. Although Hawaii has a rich history as a self-sufficient agricultural society, Hawaiians now import 90% of their food. Hawaii is also ground zero for the world's biotech companies, which capitalize on the tropical climate and lax environmental laws to test experimental GMO crops year-round.
Island Earth is a feature documentary depicting the struggles and triumphs of people fighting to take back their natural resources from corporations, while exploring what it will really take to "feed the world" through though provoking interviews with the world's top biologists and farmers. By exposing the myth that industrial agriculture is the only way of producing food for our growing population, Island Earth shows how to take control of our food supply through local farming and native wisdoms.
Film due out Fall 2016
Surfer/Editor- Cyrus Sutton
Shot in Downtown San Diego. This spot was made for Adidas online advertising.
Camera/Edit- Cyrus Sutton
Casting- Heather Smith
Art Direction- David Brower
Written/Directed/Edited- Cyrus Sutton
"The threat of nuclear weapons and man's ability to destroy the environment are really alarming. And yet there are other almost imperceptible changes - I am thinking of the exhaustion of our natural resources, and especially of soil erosion - and these are perhaps more dangerous still, because once we begin to feel their repercussions it will be too late." (p144 of The Dalai Lama's Little Book of Inner Peace: 2002, Element Books, London)
Most people have been led to believe that large-scale, chemical agriculture is the only way to feed our growing population. However, the United Nations has repeatedly reported that small farmers consistently grow 70% of the world's food supply on less than 30% of the world’s agricultural resources while the remaining 30% is produced by industrial/chemical farming which consumes 70% of the resources.
According to the land-use group Grain, small farms are often twice as productive as large farms and are more environmentally sustainable. They accomplish this by working to optimize the fertility of the soil instead of largely focusing on the volume of their crops. Healthy soil is a symbiotic relationship between fungal roots (hyphae) and plant roots. Fungal roots access fertility that is unavailable to plants and plant roots in turn feed the fungal roots with proteins and sugars. When you ignore this relationship, soil becomes depleted and external inputs are needed. Conservative estimates report 30 to 50% of crop yields today are attributed to synthetic commercial fertilizer which are largely a byproduct of natural gas. Without fungal and plant root webs soil becomes structureless dirt that can be easily swept away by wind and rain. And according to a Stanford University study, soil erosion and runoff are the greatest contributors of ocean acidification. A revealing study published by Cornell University asserts that we are destroying 37,000 square miles of farmland due to soil erosion.
We are entering a critical time with our agriculture, Henk Hobbelink of Grain states, "The powerful demands of food and energy industries are shifting farmland and water away from direct local food production to the production of commodities for industrial processing, if small farmers continue to lose the very basis of their existence, the world will lose its capacity to feed itself. We need to urgently put land back in the hands of small farmers and make the struggle for agrarian reform central to the fight for better food systems."
We have a tremendous opportunity to turn this around and create a much more beautiful human footprint. Only with an informed public can we vote with our dollars and our ballots to ensure the food we consume is not irreparably harming our environment. Because of this I am making a documentary about the effects of industrial agriculture and people who are moving back to land and discovering new efficient solutions for local food production.
Learn more about the sustainable farming movement and support my efforts here- kickstarter.com/projects/cyrussutton/island-earth-documentary
Directed by Cyrus Sutton
Voice Over by Tim Crow
In 2014 my girlfriend Michelle and I drove up the West Coast for a few weeks to visit some old friends. I took along my camera and drone and put together this video.
A film by Cyrus Sutton (instagram.com/cyrus_sutton)
Eric Ethans- We moved down to San Diego together when were 19, he now lives in Tahoe after the success of his juice company SUJA
Lee Leatherman- Son of Leatherman multi-tool founder Tim Leatherman, Lee lives on a farm in rural Oregon
Foster Huntington- Successfully navigating the world of social media, Foster now consults with select companies and self-pulishes books to fund his projects. After traveling the US in his VW van, he's returned home to Washington and turned his focus on creating his dream compound.
Camera/Edit- Cyrus Sutton
Second Unit DP- Cyrus Sutton
Documentary/Commercial for Bedrock Running Sandals
When Naresh Kumar moved to the USA in 2010, he did not know that a sport like trail running existed. Watch along as Naresh runs a smokey 120 mile section of the John Muir Trail and tells his transformative story of barefoot style running.
You can follow Naresh at instagram.com/iamarunr
Producer: Dan Opalacz
Director: Cyrus Sutton
Editor: Chris Olivas
Videographer: Erin Feinblatt
Adventure Crew: Nick Pence
Music: Wiser and The Road by Old Man Canyon
Sponsor: Bedrock Sandals
Divided between the borders of France and Spain, the Basque Country is home to amazing natural beauty and rich culture. The Basques are believed to be the first to trade with Native Americans and circumnavigate the globe. Their language is the oldest living non-Latin/Germanic in Western Europe.
Today, amazing waves, stunning cliffs and rolling green hills surround ancient family homesteads. Industrial ports line cities and towns with dense, thriving streets. However in the past decade, the Basque-land, like much of Europe, has endured shifting economic forces which threaten their ancient ways of life...
Watch some of the surfing captured during the filming of the episode in the short, A Basque Holiday: vimeo.com/70372090
In Collaboration with:
Director: Cyrus Sutton
Camera: James Campbell
Edit: Chris Olivas
Music: Unai Azkune
Voice Over: Haritz Lete
Photography: Iker Basterretxea "Roke", Marc Gasso, Greg Rabejac
A short film for Teva following Trevor Gordon's silky style down to Mexico for a camp, surf and strum along with a couple good friends.
Check out our past InnerView with Trevor here- korduroy.tv/shows/inner-views/trevor-gordon‎
Supported by TEVA
Directed by Cyrus Sutton with Trevor Gordon
Cinematography by Erin Feinblatt (Vimeo.com/erinfeinblatt)
"Waves Make Caves"
Deeper Visions by Land N' Sea
Directed/Produced- Cyrus Sutton
This is from a series of Health and DIY tips we made from 2011-2014 called "Health Nuts."
Directed by Cyrus Sutton
Wayne Lynch is a surfing legend, blazing individualistic pathways in both the performance and the lifestyle. Ascending during a time of great change and experimentation, Wayne took up the mantle personally, redefining what a surfboard should look like and how it should be ridden. Much of this innovation done outside of surfing's athletic or institutional complexes.
Today, Wayne's life is almost as it was 40 years ago. He still shapes surfboards, still lives simply by the sea. Were it not for his recent heart attack, both the observer and Wayne himself, could be forgiven for thinking things had stayed the same, despite how they change. But serious jeopardy to anyone's health, our surfing heroes included, can have a way of radically altering everything underneath the surface, appearances be damned. A rebirth into the same skin.
In this portrait, filmmaker Cyrus Sutton provides a window into Lynch's new life. With a nod to Jack McCoy's Tubular Swells, Another Day in the Life, is crafted with ultra-fine cinematography and a spare and modernist feel. The viewer is transported back to the Wayne Lynch they grew up idolizing, while making current those admirations and anchoring them in the reality of human mortality.