Dakota Stage in Bismarck has partnered with the distributors of the film "Neither Wolf nor Dog" to bring it back to Bismarck for two encore screenings.
The story follows a white author who falls into contemporary Native American life in the Dakotas by a 95-year-old Lakota elder and his sidekick. The film is an adaptation of author Kent Nerburn's novel by the same name. It was first published in 1994 and was winner of the Minnesota Book Award in 1996. The South Dakota Humanities Council recently awarded the book as a 2019 One Book.
The film stars Dave Bald Eagle, who was 95 when the film was made. He was born in the Cherry Creek area of the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota in 1919. He died at age 97, before the film's release.
The film earned a 4.75/5 rating from Rotten Tomatoes, which Scottish director Steven Simpson attributes to Bald Eagle.
"People are voting that way because they fall madly in love with his character," Simpson said. "The most beautiful thing I'll ever film in my life is his face."
Simpson said the success of the film has been shocking, exceeding by five times the high-end target he set for it.
"We knew where the audience was and decided to take it where that audience was," he said.
The film was shot in 18 days with a crew of two. It is self-distributed, debuted in small towns and has outperformed Hollywood blockbusters in numerous multiplexes. It has played in 200 theaters so far. It was extended at Northern Cinema in Spearfish, S.D., for three weeks due to demand. Northern Cinema's owner John Steele said it was the most successful South Dakota film for him since "Dances With Wolves."
The screenings are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday.