Al Sutton MD (born December 7, 1933) is an American filmmaker, and actor, who has produced a variety of films of different genres, including documentaries in the medical field, documentaries of memorable, historic events, and theatrical films. He is also a musician, and operates his own record label, Alsut Records.
As documentary filmmaker, he produced Fraternal Twins: The First Year of Life, which was widely distributed to universities in the 1980s, when he was a practicing physician. His footage of the first Gay Liberation March in 1970 was aired, at the time, on network TV, and is now being considered for a new release. His rare footage of the Women's Strike for Equality, which took place in New York City in 1970, released in 2011 as a short entitled, Equality, I Am Woman, featuring the music of Helen Reddy, with narration by Gloria Steinem and Jacqui Ceballos.
Sutton produced and performed the title role in The Poet Englestrom directed by Francesca Rizzo, which was an Official Selection at the Pasadena, California, 2010 Action On Film International Film Festival. He won the WAB Best Performance in an Acting Role at that festival. The Poet Englestrom, written by Alexander Weiss, also won first prize for a short film in the SkyFest III Film & Script Festival in Ashville, North Carolina; and was Official Selection at The Stepping Stone Film Festival in Chennai, India. Sutton wrote, produced and played the lead role in the film, Five Valid Reasons for Murdering Lisa, also directed by Francesca Rizzo. His film All in a Row, which he wrote, produced and directed, was nominated at the 2010 World Music and Independent Film Festival (WMIFF) in Washington D.C., where it won best original sound. The film featured the music of Chris Anderson, and had the legendary Arnold S. Eagle as consultant. Sutton was seen on TV in the Vaya con Dios episode of Law & Order. Sutton wrote, produced and directed, Love and Marriage, a film featuring music provided by Billy Eckstine. He was a cast member in short film of Madeleine Olnek, Make Room for Phyllis, which was featured at the Palm Springs International Film Festival 2006. A feature film script, Caballo is in development.
He is a member of SAG and BAFTA. "Al Sutton MD IMDb Resume". Internet Movie Database. On stage, he performed a lead role in Sing, America: Norman Mailer in His Own Words at the Actors Studio. He played in Bringing the Fishermen Home by Deb Margolin, at Dixon Place, and at the Public Theater Play-reading series. As co-founder of the Perfectly Frank Cabaret Theatre, he produced over 40 new plays, mostly in downtown New York venues, including Dixon Place, Here, Home for Contemporary Theatre, and Le Poeme. He has also written and performed in a number of his own plays, including, Woman and Man, Lifeguard, and A Little Bumpy, co-written by Dan Hedaya.
His film training was at the New School in New York, under Arnold Eagle; and he studied acting at the Warren Robertson Theatre Workshop, New York, under Warren Robertson and Larry Moss.
As a physician, he practiced pathology at State University of New York, until he retired from medicine.
He has a house on the otherwise uninhabited Columbia Island, off the shore of New Rochelle, New York in Long Island Sound, which once housed Columbia Broadcasting's (CBS) 410 ft radio transmitter tower. To make the island more livable, he constructed an off-the-grid "green" home within the concrete building.