The 'Strategy' Cast
THOMAS R. EASTMAN AS
SHANE JOCKO HENDRICKSON AS
OLD Foolish Elk
MARTIN HOFFERT AS
OLD Edward S. Godfrey
HENRY REED SR. AS
OLD He Dog
MIKE BONDURANT AS
OLD John Ryan
GERRY SCHULTZ AS
OLD Peter Thompson
CY STURGIS AS
OLD Charles Varnum
GARY STEWART AS
LIEUTENANT COLONEL George A. Custer
JEFF RENO AS
MAJOR Marcus A. Reno
RICH SMITH AS
CAPTAIN Frederick W. Benteen
ALBERT L. GROS-VENTRE SR. AS
CHIEF Sitting Bull
KYLE C. REED AS
CHIEF Crazy Horse
SHADETREE FALCON AS
BOBBY BEAM AS
KEITH HERRIN AS
LIEUTENANT Edward S. Godfrey
JOHN SLATTON AS
FIRST SERGEANT John Ryan
HENRY YOUNG REED JR. AS
MATTHEW YETTER AS
LIEUTENANT Charles Varnum
CORY BIRKENBUEL AS
PRIVATE Peter Thompson
First Sergeant John Ryan:
Lieutenant Edward Godfrey:
Private Peter Thompson:
Lieutenant Charles Varnum:
captain tom custer:
lieutenant algernon smith:
lame white man:
Henry Young Reed Jr.
casey bird in ground
The 'Strategy' Team
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, Thomas Eastman
Thomas R. Eastman began his relationship with the theater in elementary school. He earned a degree in Theater and Drama from Lawrence University and a Masters degree in Speech Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Professional credits include Equity Stage Manager and Actor, actor in industrial films, voice over, director and producer of documentary films, and executive producer. He taught theater and mass media on the high school and college level. Currently retired from his position of CEO of Eastman Hunting Club, Inc. and duties as a trust manager, he lives with his wife of 52 years and enjoys researching the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, Gerald Penn JR
Gerald Penn is a Montana Army veteran and living history actor from Dillon Montana who has a huge heart for the community and an affinity to capture the richness of Montana history in film and television productions. He became associated with Chris Hoffert and his production companies in 2015 with a small student film ‘Sins of the past;’ which went on to become an award winning film. since then, Gerald and Chris have worked together on many other local productions. Gerald is deeply devoted to helping this film succeed as an Executive Producer. and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty helping out in other areas where his expertise is needed.
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, Stan Smith
Stan has been in show business since his first performance as lead singer and guitarist for the 70's rock band American Hearts at age 14. Stan's first time in front of the camera was as a disco dancing roller skater in the movie musical Xanadu with dance legend Gene Kelly. Since then Stan has appeared in nearly a hundred films, mini-series, documentaries, commercials, and as a male model. Growing up as a ranch kid he developed diverse abilities that he applies in every project he is involved in as an actor, stunt performer, stunt coordinator, director, and producer. Stan’s cinema experience stems from his work on various film and television shows such as ‘Far And Away’, ‘Always’, ‘Son Of The Morning Star’, the ‘Lonesome Dove’ series, the ‘Patriot’, ‘Busch Beer’, ‘Chevy Trucks’, ‘Ghost Adventures’, and ‘Cooper’.
WRITER/DIRECTOR, Chris Hoffert
Chris Hoffert is an award winning film director and writer. Chris is what they call a “diamond in the rough.” His work ethic, tenacity, ambition, and exceptional potential is what sets him apart from his contemporaries. He's exceptionally skilled with taking the least and making the most of it which makes him a financial asset to any production he works on, because he believes that every penny spent needs to be worth its weight in gold. His capacity to turn out highly regarded "grindhouse" style westerns for fractions of a budget has earned me the nickname “The Sergio Leone of Montana” by his Hollywood mentors.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY, Robert Deltour
Robert DelTour is a Southern California based Cinematographer. He has spent the last ten years working in every aspect of filmmaking; from editing to VFX, from VTR to DIT. The constant driving factor for him has always been a desire to use fantastic imagery to convey human stories through his work. As a Cinematographer, he has focused on using lighting and camera techniques to elevate every piece he has had the pleasure of working on. His love for American history, combined with his 6 year long friendship with Director Chris Hoffert makes him a dynamic addition to the team.
Fred Wagner is a historian, award-winning author, and decorated Army veteran. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and served as an Army officer in both the regular Army component and the New York National Guard. In Vietnam, Fred served as a company commander, an on-the-ground commander for the first infiltration convoys of the war, and wrote the divisional Standard Operating Procedures manual for convoy operations in a guerilla warfare environment. Fred would go on to retire from Wall Street after twenty-four years as a senior executive, manager, and government securities commodities broker. His books, articles, and reviews have been groundbreaking to studying the history of the Little Big Horn Battle and those involved. His writing awards include the 2015 Little Big Horn Associates’ Lawrence A. Frost Award and the 2018 Little Big Horn Associates’ Jay D. Smith Award.
CO-WRITER, Frederic C. Wagner III
CAMERA OPERATOR, Jacqueline Lehr
Jacqueline Lehr went to Cal State University, Northridge and there she worked closely with fellow students to learn the craft of filmmaking and strove towards creating a bright future. At CSUN, Jacqueline was the first woman from the school to be awarded the ARRI Alexa Grant, which provided a free ARRI Alexa XT camera package, along with any lenses and gear her heart desired to make her senior thesis film. After graduation, Jacqueline worked at ARRI and then at HydroFlex, which is an underwater camera rental house. There she combined the technical knowledge of land AC work with the high-pressure work of the underwater camera niche. Since then she has been working as a freelance camera operator and 1st AC, supporting Cinematographers with their vision for the project.
ASSISTANT CAMERA, Heather Flynn
Heather Flynn was born and raised in San Jose, California. She took her first film class at De Anza College in Cupertino which reignited her desire to learn the creative and technical processes of filmmaking. She continued and completed her education at California State University Northridge where she earned her bachelor’s degree in film production with an emphasis on cinematography. Heather was the Director of Photography on all of her student projects as well as being one of the four DPs chosen to shoot a senior thesis. She has worked on numerous shorts, features, commercials, webseries, and music videos. Heather eventually plans to make the transition into the documentary world as an operator and Director of Photography.
EFFECTS COORDINATOR, Karlee Jane
Originally from Augusta, Montana but now calls Dillon, Montana home, where she lives with her two rambunctious kids. Karlee is the executive director of the Southwest Montana Arts Council and also does custom framing at a local gallery. She holds a bachelors degree in Design/Visual & Performing Arts and English and has been involved in various forms of theater for over eighteen years. She loves all aspects of the arts, and film is a new found passion. Her work in film includes makeup, practical fx, wardrobe, and costume design, with the occasional acting bit.
COSTUMING SUPERVISOR, Annella Jo Perry
Annella Jo grew up with parents who were avid history buffs and were involved in ‘The Just Us Players’ (a re-enactors group) that Stan Smith created for Bannack Days years ago. She has been around horses since she was very young, learned how to “braintan” at 14, trained in Tae Kwon Do, classically trained vocally, and recorded her own CD while living in Arizona. Annella completed a degree in Native American Studies with a minor in history and she served as a certified mediator in Montana until 2001 when she left the state to finish college in South Dakota. She modeled for ‘Gorgeous Vodka’ in 2014, was in ‘Ghost Adventures’ (Bannack Episode from 2013), and had a co-creation of hers walk “the Red Carpet” for the Oscar’s in 2014.
MUSIC COMPOSER, Skyler Oneal
Skyler was born and raised in Provo, Utah. He has been creating music since middle school but playing the piano since he was very little.He picked up music scoring over the past few years and has slowly been enhancing his performances and compositions as evident by the major kudos he received for the musical scores of ‘Unsung Heroes’ and ‘Sins of the Past’. He spends his spare time writing and composing musical compositions and working hard attending college.
PRODUCTION CONSULTANT, David Worth
David may be better remembered as the director of ‘Kickboxer’ and the director of photography on iconic Hollywood classics such as ‘Bloodsport’, ‘Bronco Billy’, and ‘Any Which Way You Can’ but he has also gone on to direct, shoot, write, and produce many more films through his long and adventurous career. For the last 8 years David has been imparting his wealth of knowledge in the form of teaching fresh filmmakers just starting their journeys through degree programs at prestigious schools like Chapman University, USC, UCLA, and the Academy of Art University.
MILITARY ADVISOR, Gregory Casteel
Gregory Casteel spent 32 years as a Firefighter, Engineer, and Fire Captain. He is currently retired and a full time Living Historian. He has been a Cavalry Historical re-enactor for 25 years. He portrays Civil War Cavalry through Indian Wars. He has held the rank of Private, Corporal, Sergeant, 1st Sergeant, and 1st Lieutenant. He enjoys building Springfield Trapdoor Carbines, crafting period correct saddle tack, and furthering his horsemanship skills. He enjoys ranch roping competitions and focuses on the Vaquero style riding. Greg has worked on projects for the history channel, teaches at local high schools, and enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He can be reached at Bombero411@aol.com