It’s been 17 and a half years since I started filming in Lakota Country (mostly Pine Ridge), and Neither Wolf Nor Dog is the third feature-length film I’ve made there. In that time I’ve heard so many times about people who came into the area, shot a documentary or film there and was never heard of again. “We heard it’s been shown xxx but not here” was a regular complaint. Well, I always found that a disrespectful way to go. I’ve always made sure we showed there first.
With my movie Rez Bomb, I bought a projection system and drove from LA to Pine Ridge and did a series of screenings in halls around the rez. With A Thunder-Being Nation, I screened it before it was completed to those that participated so I could get their feedback on how their interviews were used and make sure they all signed off on it.
Before our US Premiere at a film festival a few months ago I did a special screening at the Nunpa Theatre on Pine Ridge and long before that we did a special screening for Dave Bald Eagle when it was a work in progress. Now just two weeks before we’re due to start releasing it into cinemas it is opening this week at the Nunpa Theatre in Kyle, on Pine Ridge. The theatre asked for it early and I was keen to provide them with that opportunity.
I hope some of you in the area make it there. More cinemas are going to be announced in the next few days. Keep an eye on the facebook page and sign up to out mailing list.
At a recent screening for fans of the novel at a book festival, the film got a standing ovation. The IMDB audience score is an amazing 9.1/10. Read reviews here.
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