Record-breaking Native American film ‘Neither Wolf Nor Dog’ will be screened at Center Theatre

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DOVER-FOXCROFT — The success of Scottish director, Steven Lewis Simpson’s adaptation of best-selling novel, “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” defies logic — Hollywood logic that is. Audience financed, 18 shoot days, a tiny crew, a 95-year-old star and a self-distributed release that started in small towns and is outperforming Hollywood blockbusters in numerous multiplexes and has higher audience score on Rotten Tomatoes than any big Hollywood movie out at the moment; 4.7/5 — 95 percent. It has had a longer theatrical run than any other film released this year in the entire U.S.

The film has steadily rolled out through the nation, including a phenomenal 20 cinemas in Washington, 19 in Oregon, and remarkably passing the 110th theater mark within only 15 percent of the country. In Vancouver, Wash. the film grossed more than every Hollywood blockbuster in town other than Wonder Woman. It was one of two best performing films of the year at the theater. Most recently, Oklahoma Film Critics Society’s Louis Fowler named “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” the number one film of 2017. The film now opens at the Center Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 10 for three days after successful openings in Brunswick and Waterville.

“Neither Wolf Nor Dog” will be at the Center Theatre on East Main Street at 2 and 7 p.m. on Feb. 10 and Sunday, Feb. 11 and 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12.

Based on the best-selling Native American novel by Kent Nerburn, “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” takes audiences on a deeply moving road trip through contemporary and historical Lakota life and culture. Its humor is wry and pulls no punches, introducing deep characters and poignant vignettes that challenge the viewer to see the world a bit differently. Star, Dave Bald Eagle died at the age of 97 last year. For a time his obituary was the most-read feature in the world on the BBC. NPR’s All Things Considered team debated whether Bald Eagle was “the world’s most interesting man.”

Dave Bald Eagle was left for dead during D-Day. Co-star, Christopher Sweeney was awarded the Silver Star from the Gulf War. Yet it was co-star, Richard Ray Whitman who was never in the service that the most days under fire during the 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973 where the government fired hundreds of thousands of bullets at American Indian Movement activists. Dave Bald Eagle had relatives at the infamous Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890. The film’s climax was filmed at Wounded Knee, sacred ground for its stars. This wasn’t your average movie shoot.

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