Senior Communications Specialist
Ben-Alex Dupris is Mnicoujou Lakota, and an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes in Washington State. Dupris creates work that pushes the boundaries of Indigeneity beyond traditional pastoralism, and into the grey areas of 21st Century America. His directorial debut film “Sweetheart Dancers’’ won the Grand Jury Award for best short film at OUTFEST L.A. 2019, an Oscar/ Academy award qualifying LGBTQIA+ film festival. He also directed “Bunky Echo-Hawk: The Resistance,” for American Masters PBS, and produced “Paulette” for veteran film director/producer Heather Rae (Sundance/Guardian Films). His first collaborative short animation “Sister Wolves” recently won Achievement in Animation at L.A. SkinsFest 2020. As an Impact Producer, Dupris worked on the film “Water Warriors” POV campaign for director Michael Premo.
He is a Sundance Institute Rauschenberg Producer’s Fellow, Davis Guggenheim’s Concordia Studio Artist-In-Residence Alumni, Firelight Media Impact Producer’s Fellow, and an inaugural Redford Center grantee recipient.