Scottish director Steven Lewis Simpson’s film adaptation of the best-selling, award-winning, Native American novel “Neither Wolf Nor Dog,” opens Friday, July 28, at the Darkside Cinema, 215 SW Fourth St., Corvallis.
“Neither Wolf Nor Dog," based on the novel by Portland author Kent Nerburn, follows a Lakota elder, Dave Bald Eagle, and his protective friend (Richard Ray Whitman) as they bring a white author (Christopher Sweeney) into the heart of Lakota country. They encourage him to see their reality without falling prey to white men guilt-ridden clichés, so it can be distilled into a book that the old man can leave future generations.
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The film was financed by the audience, self-distributed, and was shot in 18 days, by an average crew of two with no one else in prep or post-production. It has been released mostly in small towns, to favorable audience reactions: It has notched an 8.3 (out of 10) audience score on IMDB and a 4.8 (out of 5) score, based on 111 reviews, on the Rotten Tomatoes website.
The film is moving into Oregon starting in Corvallis after working its way through 13 theaters in Washington state.