Cyrus’ latest film, “I Snuck Off the Slave Ship,” a docu-fiction collaboration with artist and musician Lonnie Holley, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in the New Frontiers program. His music documentaries have screened at festivals and cinemas around the world, including BAMCinemaFest, Anthology Film Archives, F.A.M.E. Paris, ATA San Francisco, and the New Orleans Film Festival.
Cyrus is the founder of Raw Music International, a documentary collective making films about underground music around the world. He created a series of music films under the Raw Music name for NBC News online in 2015 and 2016, shooting in Mongolia, Iraq, Ukraine, and Burma. His journalistic film work has been published by CNN, Time, Wall Street Journal, and others. With independent record label Mississippi Records, Cyrus has played a hand in a dozen international vinyl releases. He has a degree in economics and philosophy from Columbia University and a Fulbright grant for oral history research in Amsterdam. He grew up between Iowa and Iran speaks Farsi and English