In the history of college basketball, Coach Eddie Sutton holds court as one of the winningest coaches in Division 1 basketball history with 806 victories. Those victories include taking four teams to the NCAA tournament, two of which to the Final Four. At the College of Southern Idaho, a school with no basketball program when Sutton arrived, he guided the team to 33 wins in his first year as coach. He led numerous players to the NBA, changing  lives for the better. He helped mold young adults into men. Yet, Sutton finds himself outside the illustrious Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, a place where every other coach with 800 wins resides. While Sutton’s accomplishments on the court made him a legend, his life, with all his victories and defeats made him a fallible luminary.

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June 2018

Thank you for your interest and support in Eddie, a feature length documentary on the life and career of Coach Eddie Sutton. The filmmaking team at 1577 Productions has been busy over the past several months, and we want to share an update on the progress of the film.

In April 2017, we had a successful IndieGoGo campaign which enabled us to begin pre-production and development. Those funds also allowed us to seek additional funding through private investors, which made production possible. Production will be finished in summer 2018, and we are still seeking accredited investors to finish post-production. 

Over the past several months, we have completed interviews with:

  • President Bill Clinton
  • Coach Bill Self
  • Coach John Calipari
  • Coach James Dickey
  • Sean Sutton
  • Tony Allen
  • Bryant Reeves
  • Larry Reece
  • Berry Tramel
  • Kevin Leonard
  • Doug Gottlieb
  • Rex Chapman
  • Kenny Walker
  • Roger Harden
  • Jerry Tipton
  • Rob Bromley
  • Sidney Moncrief
  • Ron Brewer
  • Marvin Delph 
  • Nate Allen
  • Bob Holt
  • Dr. Harry Birdwell
  • Karen Hancock
  • Dr. Susan Burks
  • Dick Vitale (upcoming)
  • Desmond Mason (upcoming)
  • Scott Sutton (upcoming)
  • Steve Sutton (upcoming)
  • Trina Sutton (upcoming)

While many factors influence a film's completion, our goal is to have the film finished in 2018. 

As you may have read, Coach Sutton was passed up again for the Naismith Hall of Fame. While the focus of this film is more comprehensive than Coach's Hall of Fame bid, we are even more convinced that the time to tell his story is now. 

We ask that you continue supporting this project via social media (@eddiesuttomfilm) by liking and sharing updates. If you are an accredited investor and are interested in more information, please email

An award winning Native American (Cherokee) director and editor specializing in documentary and multimedia production, Christopher has created original documentaries and short films with a unique narrative from start to finish.

David has won several awards for commercial and documentary films. His work with universities and over 40 nonprofits showcase his passion for creative storytelling.

Wendy has casted for television and feature films in New York City, including the hit NBC series “Law & Order”, feature films, including “Bad Company“, “The Way of the Gun”, “For Love of the Game”. Recently, Wendy worked with Francis Ford Coppola’s as his Associate Director in his live cinema project, “Distant Vision".  She is the producer for Cinema Eye Honors Annual Documentary Awards Ceremony in New York City.

1577 Productions is a multimedia production company specializing in high quality films. Our work humanizes subjects and inspires audiences to take action on topics that matter. In 2017, our short film Butch: Legend of Langston won Best Oklahoma Short Film at the deadCENTER Film Festival in OKC, and award also won in 2015 for Course of Food. Finding its namesake in the year explorer Sir Francis Drake left on his great life adventure, 1577 embodies Drake’s words to not be content “if our dreams come true because we have dreamed too little.”