Filmmaker Ben-Alex Dupris explores how the reality and resistance of Native Americans inspires the work of Pawnee artist Bunky Echo-Hawk, igniting discussions about environmentalism and Native American rights, among other topics.
Bunky Echo-Hawk is a Pawnee artist from Oklahoma who has been painting the reality and resistance of Native American people for almost twenty years. His work initiates discussions about environmentalism, Native rights, and numerous other current topics that find their way into the public’s consciousness through his vibrant and provocative work. His most recent design work involves painting art for the NIKE N7 line of shoes and clothing, which highlight professional Indigenous athletes and raises money that is earmarked for donations to Native athletic programs throughout the country through their N7 FUND. Native athletes like baseball star Jacoby Ellsbury, PGA golfer Notah Begay, and NFL first round draft pick Sam Bradford all wear Bunky’s clothing and shoes. He has created custom shirts, workout gear, and shoes like Air Max, Hyperdunk, KD’s. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
As a filmmaker, Ben-Alex Dupris focuses on tribal language preservation, youth media, and most recently he spent five months documenting the front lines of the Standing Rock occupation. He is an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes in Washington State, where he grew up. Currently, he is an Artist in Residence at Concordia Studio; he is also a current Impact Producer Fellow for Firelight Media. Dupris is currently producing “Paulette” a film by Heather Rae for The
Guardian, which follows Gubernatorial Idaho candidate Paulette Jordan as the first Native American woman to run for the position. His directorial debut Sweetheart Dancers will premiere at The Big Sky Documentary Festival 2019, as the first film out of Concordia Studio’s residence program. He is also formerly a 2017 Sundance Institute Rauschenburg Producers Fellow. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.