American Indian Student Services Indigenous Film Series- The Business of Fancydancing

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The American Indian Student Services is hosting the 2014 Spring Semester Indigenous Film Series every Wednesday evening until April 30, 2014 in room 105 at the Payne Family Native American Center. Films begin at 4:30 pm and discussions following each film may run until 6:30 pm. The film series is open to the University/Missoula campus and the Missoula community. Everyone is welcome and the event is free.

March 19: The Business of Fancydancing
Runtime: 103 min

“Seymour Polatkin is a successful, gay Indian poet from Spokane who confronts his past when he returns to his childhood home on the reservation to attend the funeral of a dear friend.”  (

“The film explores the tension between two Spokane men who grew up together on the Spokane Reservation in eastern Washington State: Seymour Polatkin (Evan Adams) and Aristotle (Gene Tagaban). Seymour's internal conflict between his Indian heritage and his life as an urban gay man with a white boyfriend plays out in multiple cultures and relationships over his college and early adult years. His literary success as a famed American Indian poet, resulting in accolades from non-Indians, contrasts with a lack of approval from those he grew up with back on the reservation. The protagonist struggles with discomfort and alienation in both worlds.”  (