Dave Bald Eagle, Christopher Sweeney, and Richard Ray Whitman on the road in 'Neither Wolf Nor Dog.'

Feature Film 'Neither Wolf Nor Dog' on the Home Stretch

Alex Jacobs

The much anticipated film project Neither Wolf Nor Dog is making its final approach to theaters, and to your home, but to actually get on the Big Screens around the country and not just on DVD, director Steven Lewis Simpson needs your help again. He successfully campaigned on Kickstarter last year to start making the film and now that they are close to the final edit, they move on to sound design, music, and grading (which gives the film its look, color and texture). And also critical is funding for a strong Film Festival campaign. Simpson said it was “miraculous” to get the amazing production value they have so far on screen for the “miniscule” amount of money they raised. This new campaign will accelerate the final production process as there will be more marketing and distribution issues to deal with later on. The main reason they want to get it out sooner than later is that lead actor, Dave Bald Eagle is 95 years old and they consider it crucial to have him see the film in its full glory. The Kickstarter campaign is at kickstarter.com/projects/126766071/neither-wolf-nor-dog-movie and as of this writing it's raised over half its goal of $30,000 and has 16 days to go.

“When white people won it was a victory, when Natives won it was a massacre. When they fought for freedom it was a revolution, when we fought for freedom it was an uprising. No Indian alive dares to think too much about the past. The bones of our people are crying.”

—Dan (Dave Bald Eagle’s character)

Dave Bald Eagle, Christopher Sweeney, Richard Ray Whitman, Roseanne Supernault, Tatanka Means, Zahn McClarnon, and Harlen Standing Bear are the feature and supporting actors in the film, which is based on Kent Nerburn’s book, Neither Wolf Nor Dog (On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder). Nerburn’s trilogy of novels (the other two titles are The Wolf at Twilight and The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo) is loved by Natives and non-Natives alike, has won Awards and is being taught in schools and colleges. The book and film are based in Pine Ridge, SD, circa 1994. The new trailer gives us more of the storyline: how Dan (Dave Bald Eagle’s character) has called on the writer Kent Nerburn (played by Christopher Sweeney) to write down his stories before he passes away, while those who surround Dan the Elder are very protective of him. 

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Dave Bald Eagle

Richard Ray Whitman, Christopher Sweeney

Roseanne Supernault

Tatanka Means, Roseanne Supernault, Christopher Sweeney

Zahn McClarnon, Christopher Sweeney

Dave Bald Eagle

Dave Bald Eagle

Filming 'Neither Wolf Nor Dog' on location. That's Zahn McClarnon on top of the truck, holding the boom microphone.

The setup for the car scene that is depicted on the film's poster.

Alex Jacobs
Santa Fe, NM
March 6, 2015

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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
This is GREAT news! Nerburn's books are among my favorites and I think America could use a little history from the Native POV.