The Foundation is pleased to offer our grantees the opportunity to share information about their grant on our website.  We hope it will offer the public increased visibility for your work.

Terms and Conditions. This form is intended for those who have received a Puffin Foundation grant.  By filling out this form, you will be requesting Puffin to post information about your granted project on our web site.  Please fill out the form carefully.  It includes the option to provide an email address for the public to contact you, as well as providing an email address for the Foundation to use internally that would not be made public.  Note that if you include personally identifiable information in your public content, it can be used and viewed by others.   We are not responsible for the information you choose to include in public content.  The Foundation reserves the right to edit any submissions for size and appropriate content.  If you wish to give photo, audio or video credit for submissions, such credit should be included in your text under the description of your project.



Year Grant Awarded 2015

Email >
State > PA Zip Code > 15208
Website >
Website >
Website >

"Coupled," a fictional contemporary dance film, depicts universal, magical love regardless of sexual preference or gender identity. This intentionally inclusive work features four couples sequentially: lesbian (modern dance), heterosexual (ballet en pointe), gay male partners (ballroom dance), and one with a transgender partner (vogue dance). Through their equivalent friendship, romance, and devotion, this film also supports ideal love relationships being truly equal partnerships. On location in long Steadicam takes, the camera is choreographed with the dance to a score including human heartbeats.

Showing LGBT relationships through the lens of a medium as universal as dance, "Coupled" urges viewers to see that love is love! ChoreoNova recognizes the general scarcity of LGBT-inclusive (showing at least one LGBT character) programming in art. "Coupled" helps to fill this gap. Showing the LGBT population, "Coupled" makes available dance art more relatable and more emotionally accessible to this underserved community.

The film also fights stereotypical assumptions about gender roles. ChoreoNova sees no reason why the general fact of superior male physical strength cannot be overcome by inventive choreography to send a more inclusive, gender-nonspecific message that is truly reflective of modern society. In the heterosexual segment, "Growing Apart," the weaker female shares partnering duties equally with the stronger male, combining classical ballet and contemporary dance into something new. "Coupled" aims to eliminate the sexist bias inherent in traditional partnered dance.

To date, we have shot the first half and completed pre-production for the couple with the transgender mate. The creation of this film is ongoing.

Inclusive programming attracts many non-LGBT viewers as well. In fall 2016, "Coupled" will begin to reach across our society via local community access television broadcasts and film festivals screenings to both LGBT and non-LGBT alike.