From the pages of an award-winning novel to the big screen is the journey of "Neither Wolf Nor Dog," an independent film that has been making an impact on communities since its release in 2017. The film will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.
"This is an added event to our regular season," Patrick Spradlin, producer of the Cultural Arts Series with the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center said in a news release. "When this opportunity came along, we knew we had to seize it."
The film was adapted from the acclaimed novel of the same title by Minnesota author Kent Nerburn. The book was first published in 1994 and was the winner of the Minnesota Book Award in 1994.
Film-maker Steven Lewis Simpson knew that traditional film distributors would have no
idea how to access the core audience for the film so he opted to bypass them and started self-distributing directly to theaters in 2017. It is still in first-run cinemas in 2019, which makes it the longest first-run theatrical release in the United States in more than a decade.
The story 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.
The film stars Chief Dave Bald Eagle in the lead role as a Lakota elder. He was 95 years old at the time of filming and it was his first starring role in a film.
The film also stars Christopher Sweeney as Nerburn, Richard Ray Whitman as Grover, Roseanne Supernault as the twins Wenonah and Danelle, Tatanka Means as Delvin, Zahn McClarnon as Billy, and Harlen Standing Bear Sr. as Jumbo.
Tickets for "Neither Wolf Nor Dog" are available from the CLC Theatre Box Office at 218-855-8199 or online at www.clcperformingarts.com.