With the X Dance film festival upon us, we’ve decided to focus on some of the most hyped films heading into the festival. We caught up with key players from the films to ask them a few questions about their films being screened at X Dance.
STOKED AND BROKE, the Staycation Surfari on Zero Dollars, from the talented Cyrus Sutton. Before we get to the interview with Cyrus, here’s a little background on the 27-year-old Director/Co-Star of the film.
“A 27 year old member of the “Entitlement Generation,” Cyrus Sutton was born and at the heart of Orange County during the height of 80’s consumerism. However, lengthy minimalist excursions into oceanic and mountainous wildernesses gave him a perspective not shared by many his age. His surf related projects include “Riding Waves” which he made at the ripe age of nineteen, “Under the Sun” which was featured at the inaugural NYSFF and “Tom’s Creation Plantation.” At 23 he won an EMMY for his work on “A Tsunami Relief Story” for Fuel TV and his latest project Korduroy.tv was recently voted the best surf blog in world in Surfer Magazine’s “Battle of the Blogs” poll.”
GRINDTV-First off, tell us about how you got into filmmaking?
CRYUS SUTTON-I was doing a lot of traveling and competing in surfing after high school when I got a bad case of Staff infection, which took me out of the water for 7 months. I bought a camera and started shooting my friends. That project became Riding Waves for which I won “Best Cinematography” at X-Dance when I was 20.
Where did the concept of Stoked and Broke come from?
I’ve spent years on surf trips with pros to perfect tropical reef passes and I wanted to do the opposite of that. I just thought people could relate more to two guys looking for the feeling of a surf trip without the airports and all the hassles of traveling and ditching our cars, building our own surfboard carts and walking the whole way really made it feel like a crazy trip. Even pulling up at a out local break felt rad, like it does after an all day drive in Mexico or a red eye flight to some island. It felt like we’d earned it.
Who came up with one of the greatest descriptions for a any surf film…”A Staycation Surfari on Zero Dollars”?
Haha, I did.
How long did it take to complete Stoked and Broke?
Four months from the first shot to the final edit.
What’s been the overall response to the film so far?
Great, I think people can relate to it more than watching a pro surfer ride perfect waves halfway around the world.
Tell us about the classic song in the trailer. Who, and how did you choose them for the film?
It’s my buddy Matt Adams’ band “The Blank Tapes” if you haven’t checked out his stuff, you should. He’s amazing.
What are your thoughts and expectations for X-Dance?
None, just excited to be invited!
Besides your own, which films are you most excited to see at X-Dance?
Hmm, I’m not sure I haven’t looked at the lineup but the other guys are always coming out with awesome films that are really inspiring.
Thanks for the Interview Cryus, we know your a busy guy these days. Good Luck at X Dance next week.
Stoked and Broke will be screening at 2pm on Sunday at the Depot in Salt Lake City. Make you you get your passes because this is one film you don’t want to miss.
Here’s the trailer in case you haven’t seen it yet-