We all love redemption stories, because flawed heroes are relatable heroes. Access into the lives of the accomplished sparks hope in our own shortcomings - that even our dreams are achievable. Set on the biggest stages of college basketball, Eddie Sutton's life and career personifies this dichotomy of success in the midst of personal failure. Players from all races and socio-economic backgrounds, many without present fathers of their own, found family on and off the court in Coach Sutton. But behind the scenes, Coach struggled with alcoholism. Through gut-wrenching interviews with his own sons, EDDIE shines light on the often misunderstood “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” personality associated with the disease of addiction.
Judged strictly on basketball, Coach Sutton is assuredly a Hall of Fame coach. Yet he, nominated six times, stands as the only man with 800 wins on the outside of the prestigious Naismith honor. Why is someone with such historic levels of success not recognized by the basketball elite? EDDIE, chock-full of gripping interviews and never-before-seen footage, intimately poses this question to family, colleagues, former players and national leaders forever better for having known Coach Sutton. Their stories compel audiences to ponder the conflicting attributes of a man with flaws shared by many and achievements matched by few.
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CHRISTOPHER HUNT, PRODUCER & DIRECTOR
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 TESTER, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
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 GARRETT, PRODUCER
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.”