Director Ben-Alex Dupris in attendance
Sean and Adrian are a Two-Spirit couple determined to rewrite the rules of Native-American culture through their participation in the Sweetheart Dance. This celebratory contest is held at powwows across the country, primarily for heterosexual couples, until now.
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Ben-Alex Dupris grew up on the Colville Confederated Tribes Indian reservation in Washington State, where he is an enrolled member. He is a 2018 Concordia Artist-in-Residence, 2017 Sundance Institute Producer’s Fellow, and 2016 Redford Center grantee. He recently spent time creating social justice media during the occupation at Standing Rock, ND and continues this Native advocacy work through his company Antelabbit. He is currently in production for SWEET-BLOOD-DANCE, a film about Two-Spirit powwow dancers challenging traditional conventions by competing as a same-sex couple, in dances intended for "one man and one woman."