“Neither Wolf Nor Dog”: script and improvising collide to make a film

Loretta Tuell, Features Assistant

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Neither Wolf Nor Dog was released to theatres March 16 and was directed by Steven Lewis Simpson. Overall, the film was good because of how it was directed and how the film walked the audience through. It was almost as if you were there with the actors in screen above. The film had a Native American cast with Dave Bald Eagle as Dan, an old man that told stories of the land and animals, Richard Ray Whitman as Grover who was Dan’s sidekick throughout the entire film, Zahn McClarnon playing Bill , Roseanne Supernault as Wenonah who called Christopher Sweeney who was acting as Kent Nerburn.

“Neither Wolf Nor Dog” film poster. Photo courtesy of IMDb.com


As a whole, the movie was great and it felt as if the actors were actually including the audience. It was interesting to watch how Dan told stories of the land and animals, as well as very realistic and similar to stories that I have also been told growing up; this could be because halfway through filming the movie the script was thrown out and true emotions and stories were filmed. However, there were a few changes that could have been made to the film. One scene that could have been changed was portraying a Native American couple as drunks that do not have money. This could have been changed or left out because all it does was reinforce the stereotype of Native Americans that is already present. There was a major lesson to be learned by the film and it really touches the heart. Neither Wolf Nor Dog would be rated at 7 out of 10 stars.

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“Neither Wolf Nor Dog”: script and improvising collide to make a film