SOMETHING THAT MATTERS
One man's journey through Africa, discovering the harsh truths of rhino poaching and uncovering the urgency to address the issue. Yet hope remains.
SCREENING: Crowley Theater - FRI 7/15 - 2:30 PM
Steven Lyon is an enigma. Hailing from Los Angeles, he has engineered a creative legacy both in front and behind the camera for over three decades. It was in the early 1980’s that he was first discovered by Andy Warhol’s lens as a model for his new interview magazine. One of the top male models in the world throughout the 80s and 90s, he is still considered one of the internationally recognized, iconic fashion models of this decade.
For 20 years, he immersed himself into the fashion world in Paris - only this time, on the other side of the lens, drawing his inspiration from cinema and the celebrated fashion photographers of the ‘80s. It was here Steven established himself as an irreverent, borderline rebel walking his own path in photography. His work has been exhibited throughout Europe, and published in various magazines including Vogue, Vanity Fair and GQ. (http://www.stevenlyon.com)
For the past 2 years, Lyon has been filming a feature documentary in Africa called, Something that Matters. The documentary takes a raw, first-hand look at the escalating crisis of poaching and corruption, which threatens extinction to the entire Rhino species. Lyon has logged over 1,000 km on foot on an exceptional trek in the African Bush in search of the real story behind this crisis and is the first American to complete a journey like this. To complete the mission, Lyon put together a skeleton film crew and the makings of a documentary were born. In 2013, Steven Lyon founded a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization called Lyonheartlove. Something that Matters is the inaugural project under the auspices of Lyonheartlove.
Now living in New York, Lyon is in post-production of “You Belong To Me”, a 20-minute short film he wrote and directed that is being prepared for the upcoming festival circuit. Lyon is also currently at work on producing and directing a book and documentary called, Kings of the Catwalk: Project 80’s - a project highlighting the top male models of the 80’s and how HIV effected their lives and changed the industry at its most glamorous time in history. This marks another project under the Lyonheartlove banner. Proceeds from the book will go to AIDS research. However, it is first and foremost his battle and daily pursuit of finding the means to finish Something That Matters, that captures his full attention and occupies his time.