Indie Lakota Country film comes to Colonial

Apr 06, 2018
Hitting the road in “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” are, from left, Dave Bald Eagle, Christopher Sweeney and Richard Ray Whitman.

Belfast — The downtown Colonial Theatre, 156 High St., is among the cinemas around the country to take a chance on “Neither Wolf Nor Dog,” a 2017 crowd-sourced, self-distributed indie film. “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” will screen Friday through Thursday, April 13 through 19; call 338-1930 show week for exact times.

The film, an adaptation of the acclaimed Lakota Country novel by Kent Nerburn, is directed by Steven Lewis Simpson, whose 2012 documentary “A Thunder-Being Nation,” made over the course of 13 years and about the Oglala Lakota of Pine Ridge Reservation, is one reason he has become a well-known advocate for Native American rights and a respected figure in Indian Country.

“Neither Wolf Nor Dog” follows a white author who gets sucked into the heart of contemporary Native American life in the sparse lands of the Dakotas by a 95-year-old Lakota elder and his sidekick. After a blundering false start, the author is all but kidnapped and taken on a road trip around the contemporary Native American landscape.

Dave Bald Eagle got his first feature film starring role at age 95 in the “Neither Wolf Nor Dog,” having previously, among other things, parachuted into Normandy and acted and stunt-acted in Westerns, including “Dances With Wolves.” He died a year before “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” was released, at age 97.

The film is nonrated and runs 110 minutes.

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