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Landmark Native American movie "Neither Wolf Nor Dog" opens in Tomah Cinema

  • Written by Mary Gerdes
  • Published in News

Tomah shall be the first town in Wisconsin to show British director, Steven Lewis Simpson's film adaptation of acclaimed, best-selling Native American novel, Neither Wolf Nor Dog that was authored in Minnesota by Kent Nerburn:

The films narrative is a road trip from Minnesota through the Dakotas, and was filmed mostly in South Dakota. The film entered selected theatres recently ahead of its wider release. In Bemidji, MN it was a case of the David that defeated nine Goliath's, as that weekend Neither Wolf Nor Dog was the number one film at the town's ten screen theatre. The nine others were all big Hollywood movies, typically with $10 million + marketing budgets. NWND paid $4.34 in Facebook ads to hit the top spot. Around 1,600 people saw it in a town with a population of 15,000 as so many people travelled long distances to see it. The phenomenon is continuing in amongst other places, Bismarck, ND where the film is on its third week on release. Reaction to the film has been incredible. Reports of applause at the end of the film and people being rooted to their seats after the lights had come back on. A great mix between Native and non-native audiences. People have driven from as far as 300 miles away to see it. Marcus theatres felt the film would be a wonderful fit for the Ho-Chunk theatre. AMAZING CAST: Lakota elder, Dave Bald Eagle (his passing in July at 97 was widely reported. The most read story in the world on the BBC News for a time), Christopher Sweeney, Richard Ray Whitman, Roseanne Supernault, Tatanka Means, Zahn McClarnon (best known from the TV series Fargo and Longmire) & newcomer, Harlen Standing Bear Sr make up the outstanding cast. “Only Dave Bald Eagle could have played Dan. He is beyond perfect. Audiences are falling in love with him on-screen. He saw it before he passed and said 'it's the only film he's been in about his people that told the truth' “. Simpson. Though Scottish, it's Simpson's third feature film made in South Dakota.
UNIQUE PRODUCTION: The film shows the beauty, tragedy, humour and power of Lakota Country. It became known as “the great unmade Native American novel” in Hollywood as producers tried and failed to produce it for over 20 years. Simpson was approached by the author seven-years-ago. “I took almost a year to commit to Kent that I'd board the project because when I do, I keep moving forward till the film is made by any means necessary.” STARS UNDER FIRE: Dave Bald Eagle was left for dead during D-Day. Christopher Sweeney was awarded the Silver Star from the Gulf War; the highest US military medal of any established Hollywood actor today. Yet, Richard Ray Whitman spent more days under fire than these noted veterans, as an activist during the 71-day Siege of Wounded Knee in 1973, when the US government fired up to half a million bullets at him and the other American Indian Movement activists. Dave Bald Eagle had relatives at the infamous Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890. Our film's climax was shot at Wounded Knee. Sacred ground for our stars. This wasn't your average movie shoot. AMAZING REVIEWS: The films world première was at the oldest continuously running film festival in the world, the Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival. The film's first review was 5 stars. www.edfestmag.com/neither- wolf-nor-dog/. It received an incredible audience and critical response. Its IMDB score is an astonishing 9.2/10 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3951908/reviews and 4.9/5 on Rottentomatoes.com. The trailer can be viewed here https://vimeo.com/117451913 Press photos are available here https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8Lehrf_OnVXVm16dGhiWDYwUVk The film-maker Steven Lewis Simpson is available for interview. “Yes, Steven changed the book. Yes, he adapted it; yes, he augmented it. But he nailed it. The choices he made were exquisite. His film is at once different from the book and better than the book.” “ in an act of astonishing creative transformation, one stubborn, incredibly talented man with a camera did something I did not think was possible: he made a completely new work of art that honored the original work of art while carrying it to a new level. He took my literary child and made a man of it.” Kent Nerburn, author of Neither Wolf Nor Dog


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