‘Neither Wolf Nor Dog’ playing at Showboat Theater in Polson
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POLSON – The success of Scottish director Steven Lewis Simpson’s adaptation of best-selling novel, “Neither Wolf Nor Dog,” defies logic – Hollywood logic that is. It was audience financed with 18 shoot days, a tiny crew, a 95-year-old star and a self-distributed release that started in small towns and is outperforming Hollywood blockbusters in numerous multiplexes. It has a higher audience score on Rotten Tomatoes than any big Hollywood movie out at the moment; 4.7/5 – 95 percent. The film has had a longer theatrical run than any other US film released in 2017 and has become the most successful non-Hollywood Native American film in years.
The film has steadily rolled out through the nation including a phenomenal 23 cinemas in Washington, 20 in Oregon, and has remarkably passed the 135th theater mark within only 15 percent of the country. In Vancouver, WA the film grossed more than every Hollywood blockbuster in town other than Wonder Woman. It was one of two best performing films of the year at the theater. Most recently, Oklahoma Film Critics Society’s Louis Fowler named Neither Wolf Nor Dog his number one film of 2017. The film now opens in Polson, MT at Showboat Cinema from March 23rd for at least one week. It is the 7th theatre in Montana to run the film with more to follow, making it the biggest release of any small independent film in the state for quite some time.
Based on the best-selling Native American novel by author Kent Nerburn, “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” takes audiences on a deeply moving road trip through contemporary and historical Lakota life and culture.
Its humor is wry and pulls no punches, introducing deep characters and poignant vignettes that challenge the viewer to see the world a bit differently. Dave Bald Eagle died at the age of 97 in 2016 before the film’s release. For a time his obituary was the most-read feature in the world on the BBC. NPR’s All Things Considered team debated on-air whether Bald Eagle was “the world’s most interesting man.”
The film stars two noted veterans. Dave Bald Eagle was left for dead during D-Day and co-star, Christopher Sweeney was awarded the Silver Star from the Gulf War. Dave Bald Eagle had relatives at the infamous Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890. The film’s climax was filmed at Wounded Knee and Dave improvised the whole sequence in the most moving way. Afterwards he said “I’ve been holding that in for 95-years.” This wasn’t your average movie shoot.