Elk River is the latest town in Minnesota to show British director Steven Lewis Simpson’s film adaptation of an acclaimed, best-selling Native American novel, “Neither Wolf Nor Dog,” that was authored in Minnesota by Kent Nerburn.
The movie opened April 21 at Marcus Elk River Cinema.
The film’s narrative is a road trip from Minnesota through the Dakotas, and was filmed mostly in South Dakota.
The film entered selected theaters recently ahead of its wider release. In Bemidji, “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” was the No. 1 film at the town’s 10-screen theater. In Bismarck, N.D., the film is on its third week on release.
“It has been a bit of a phenomenon when it has played elsewhere in Minnesota,” Simpson said.
The film stars Dave Bald Eagle, a Lakota elder who was 95 years old when the movie was filmed. Other cast members include Christopher Sweeney, Richard Ray Whitman, Roseanne Supernault, Tatanka Means, Zahn McClarnon and newcomer, Harlen Standing Bear Sr.
“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 said.
Though Scottish, it’s Simpson’s third feature film made in South Dakota.
The film’s world première was at the oldest continuously running film festival in the world, the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The film’s first review was five stars.
The trailer can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/117451913