10: Getting deep with environmental & surf filmmaker Cyrus Sutton

Today’s episode, Cyrus Sutton takes us back on the Hawaiian grounds and into surf filmmaking as we go deep into his life and work.

Cyrus is an environmental and pro surf filmmaker. He is also the director of the award-winning surf film Riding Waves in 2003 and the filmmaker behind the documentary Island Earth. and he’s going to share his experience making the film as well as his learnings from documentary films like Ice on Fire and the indigenous culture of Hawaii!

We touch a lot of topics on this episode, particularly about environmental films and surfing. And I can say that he is truly an artist! The way he describes and conveys as well as his adventures and explorations, makes you appreciate how beautiful life is!

If you’ve watched the documentary film Island Earth then you will surely enjoy this episode!

In this Episode, We Discuss:

  • What is the documentary Island Earth all about?

  • Cyrus experience on making the documentary Island Earth

  • Learnings from the documentary film Ice on Fire

  • How do we educate ourselves in order to contribute something good for the planet

  • How Cyrus came across the indigenous culture in Hawaii

  • Engaging and learning from different cultures in a way that honors and supports the people in it

  • Cyrus’ thoughts in GMOs and his experience learning about it

  • Being a surfer and having a relationship with the ocean

  • Patterns for survival

  • How Cyrus got into film making

  • Living a purpose-driven life

  • How the world is a mirror of what we’re showing from our life

  • The freedom paradigm


Get to know Cyrus Sutton

Cyrus Sutton is an Emmy-winning filmmaker based near Portland, Oregon. He won an Emmy for his writing and cinematography on Next Wave at the age of 23.

He currently serves as a director of media at Guayaki Yerba Mate and continues to pursue his documentary filmmaking career.


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