COOS BAY — 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 and a 95-year-old star.
This self-distributed release that started in small towns and is outperforming Hollywood blockbusters in numerous multiplexes, 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 in 2017 in the entire U.S.
The film has steadily rolled out through the nation, including a phenomenal 19 cinemas in Oregon and 20 in Washington, 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.
"Neither Wolf Nor Dog" will open at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at the Egyptian Theatre in Coos Bay. Additional screenings will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6; 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11; 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. Ticket pricing is $7 for adults and $6 for seniors and Egyptian Theatre Preservation Association members.
Based on the best-selling Native American novel by Oregon author 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. Yakima, Wash. native Christopher Sweeney stars in the film with Dave Bald Eagle who died at the age of 97 in 2016. For a time, his obituary was the most-read feature in the world on the BBC. NPR’s "All Things Considered" team debated on-air whether Bald Eagle was “the world’s most interesting man.”