I don’t know if you have seen this. I know that in these times, the last thing people like to hear about is requests for money. But for all those who love Neither Wolf Nor Dog, The Wolf at Twilight, The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo, and all the rest of Kent Nerburn’s works, perhaps they can still find $5 here or maybe $10 there to help this, what I believe, will be an excellent movie—get over the final hump.
Maybe seeing the latest trailer will encourage a few people.
Here’s what Kickstarter has to say now on this; they have 23 days to raise the $30,000 or all bets are off.
They presently have $12,875 raised.
People can see the latest trailer at this location on Kickstarter:
Here are notes from the Kickstarter writeup:
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Kent Nerburn says:
The Film of Neither Wolf nor Dog is shaking the tin cup
Some of you may have seen that Steven Simpson, the director of the film version of Neither Wolf nor Dog, is running another kickstarter to get funds to finish post production and begin some distribution. We need your help to get this baby polished up and ready for prime time. Here is the kickstarter page:
While you’re there, look at the trailer he’s put together. I think it is great.
(Screenshot – only – from trailer)
But I want to tell you a little about this strange venture of movie making.
The world divides into two camps when you look at the need for $30,000 to finish a film.
Camp one says, “Why do you need so damn much money?” I was in that camp for a long time.
The other says, “How can you make a movie so cheaply?” Anyone who knows the industry is in that camp.
Let me tell you a little story. Back when this film was first proposed by a successful Hollywood director, he told me, “We’ll do it low budget. Nothing more than six million. Probably closer to one or two million.” I cocked my head like a confused dog. Six million? Two millon? I stay in $35 a night motels and get antsy when I have to pay more than $10 for lunch. Six million? Two million? What planet do these guys live on?
Well, they live on planet Hollywood, which I visited one time, with its special dressing trailers on site for actors and an entire kitchen set up with chefs preparing swordfish and steaks and specialty diets for vegans, vegetarians, ominvores, gluten free-folks, etc.; people paid to clack “action” signs and people paid to oversee the people clacking “action” signs and nose powderers and costume stitchers and on and on. This doesn’t even touch the big bucks guys like directors and actors. Then there are real transportation costs and production costs, all of which add up. Look at that insane list on the credits at the end of a film and try to figure it out. All you need to know is that all of that stuff adds up to millions. And, there you are.
Then go to Steven’s reality. Buying trucks and an old car off craigslist; getting cameras on ebay, driving from L.A. to Pine Ridge in the Nissan with Chris, the actor who plays me, breaking down in Death Valley or some equivalently inhospitable place, getting actors to work almost for nothing, paying himself nothing, paying me nothing, finding a house on the reservation where all the actors could stay together in the basement, having the family who owns the house cook the meals, getting a raggedy old camper that Dave Bald Eagle could rest in on site in while they were out shooting if it got too hot. . . well, you get the idea. “Shoestring” doesn’t begin to address how this project is being done.
But you can only cut costs so far. Even with everyone working for peanuts or nothing, Steven still had to dig into his own pocket to get the filming done. And the post production and preparation of the film for showing requires technology and involvement of people who work at market rate, not for a lunch at Subway. He has done amazingly with what he has — look at the trailer and judge for yourself — but now, raising this from the “scotch tape and baling wire” level of the actual filming to the high production standards needed to go out in public requires putting the film in a well-tailored suit, metaphorically speaking. If he can pull that off for $30,000, it is another miracle.
We need to give him a chance to pull of that miracle. Please help him get there.
I’ll make you a deal. When we get to $20,000 I’ll tell you the strange saga of how Fatback became a corpulent Corgi in the movie. It’s a story worth hearing.
Thanks for your faith in this project. www.kickstarter.com/projects/126766071/neither-wolf-nor-dog-movie
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Steven Lewis Simpson, Director says:
About this project
The Latest Trailer
The trailer gives you the essence of the film.
My name is Steven Lewis Simpson and have been a feature film director for over 20 years.
I am currently far through post-production on an extraordinary new movie Neither Wolf Nor Dog based on Kent Nerburn’s acclaimed novel by the same name. We had a successful Kickstarter last September helping raise funds to enter production. To fully achieve the films considerable potential we are running a new campaign to help fund the major expenses involved in properly finishing a film. (see below).
The film is effectively a road movie where a Lakota elder and his closest friend drag a white author through the heart of contemporary Lakota Country taking the him deep out of his comfort zone. It is a moving, profound story.
We already have one of the worlds top film festivals holding the door open long after their deadline to review the film but it is essential that we deliver the film to the highest technical standard for us to get into these top showcases and thus help secure major distribution.
This is what may make the difference between the film being seen by a few versus having a worldwide impact.
The production proved to be a miraculous experience due to our amazing actors and support team.
The novel has been immensely popular within Indian Country and beyond and for a number of years it has had the reputation with many in Hollywood of being the great unmade contemporary Indian Country script. Kent Nerburn has published 16 books of creative non-fiction and essays, focusing on Native American and American culture and general spirituality including two sequel novels to Neither Wolf Nor Dog.
“This is one of those rare works that once you’ve read it, you can never look at the world, or at people, the same way again. It is quiet and forceful and powerful.” — American Indian College Fund