“There’s an underground movement of young people who are going back to the land to grow their own food,” says surfer, documentary filmmaker, and organic farmer Cyrus Sutton. “This is in direct response to corporate corruption of our food supply and an understanding of the instability of the current way we grow and distribute food.” This idea is at the heart of his recent documentary Island Earth. Hawaii, a place very important to surfers, also happens to be home to the agribusiness industry’s great experiment. Sutton’s film shares the complex tale of a young indigenous scientist’s journey through the cornfields of GMO companies and the lo’i patches (where taro is grown) of traditional Hawaiian elders to reveal modern truths and ancient values that can save our food future. Surfer Kassia Meador will be introducing Sutton, and interviewing him after the screening.
Cyrus Sutton is an American director and professional surfer. Growing up in Southern California and participating in water sports such as body surfing, bodyboarding, and surfing, inspired him to use cinematography to document the surf culture around him and on his travels. Sutton's inventive approach to filmmaking became the basis of the outdoor/surf website Korduroy.tv. His commercial clients include Adidas, Apple, Corona, Reef, and Patagonia. His career has been well documented by various national publications includingSurfer Magazine and TheNew York Times.