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rev·eil·le [ˈrevəlē] - A wake up call

Running Time:
107 minutes (1 hr 46 min 59 sec)
Written and Directed By:
Michael Akkerman
Produced By:
Footsteps Researchers LLC
Film Farm Iowa LLC
Mike’s Militaria

Buffolo 8
Executive Producers:
Myra Miller PhD
Jörg Rochlitzer
Mike Burch
Bernd Wittneben

Matthew Helderman
Luke Taylor
Production Company:
Footsteps Researchers LLC
Film Farm Iowa LLC
Mike's Militaria
Buffolo 8
Edited By:
Nathan Frankoff
Director of Photography:
Cooper Shine


 

LOG LINE

In November 1943,
a group of American soldiers
and their wounded German prisoners
are forced to confront their mutual humanity
after taking cover together following a
skirmish in central Italy.




SYNOPSIS

In late 1943, an American squad engages in
a skirmish with German soldiers along the
Winter Line in central Italy. As artillery
shells begin to rain down, the Americans
must honor the rules of war and protect their
wounded prisoners. Huddled together in a
cave and made to see the enemy as human,
the soldiers wrestle with unimaginable
moral questions that lie outside the
boundaries of nationality and allegiance.

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OUR STORY

War has been a standard element in storytelling since
the beginning of time, and the war movie as a genre is
beloved by people throughout the world.
Movies about war generally follow a few lead
characters who step up to serve their country and fight
the enemy in the name of good.
The characters are able to overcome obstacles while keeping their morals intact.
The main characters ultimately find glory while
leaving the audience with the feeling that,
even though they endured tough circumstances, in some small way, the experience was meaningful.
But those who have been to war know this an
inaccurate way to show what happens.
It misses the depth of the human experience in combat.
War isn't black and white. There are no clear-cut
lessons or decisions. War is raw, gritty, ambiguous,
and morally grey for everyone on the ground.
Big Hollywood productions don't typically prioritize
historical accuracy. Instead, they focus on the hero's
journey, flashy explosions, handsome actors, and an
epic story-line with tried-and-true tropes.

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Reveille was created with a specific vision in mind.
Its perspective of war is magnified and character-driven.
Rather than sweeping themes, the focus is on details.
Our film-making journey began when the writer and director Michael Akkerman
stumbled upon a story that encapsulated all he had wished to see but could not
find in other war films.
Akkerman used archival documents and interviewed family members of soldiers
who had survived the original events.
He combined this learning with his prior research on mindsets, attitude, and
experiences of combatants of
World War II.
Akkerman went on to create a script inspired by actual events that happened just north of Naples,
Italy in November 1943.

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Kevin Sinic as Jens Artur
Kevin Sinic plays a sergeant tasked with corralling a mismatched group of German soldiers. His previous projects have ranged from shorts to feature films and TV pilots. Prior to his lead role in Reveille (2023), he co-starred in Goliath (2019) opposite Billy Bob Thornton. Fun Fact: Kevin was born in Austria but moved to the USA to play soccer and to study journalism at Felician University in Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Bernd Wittneben as Walter Brander
Born and raised in Braunschweig, Germany, Bernd immigrated to the U.S. in 2012 and became a U.S. citizen in 2021.
In addition to taking on his first-ever acting role as a WW1 veteran brought back to fight in WW2, Bernd also served as Executive Producer and German Language Advisor on Reveille (2023).

Fun Fact: Bernd served in the German Border-Patrol/Special Forces and has a Master’s Degree in Water Landscaping.

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Yony Marian as Freder Halbrock
Yony Marian is an actor who performed in several short films prior to his role in Reveille (2023). Yony is multilingual and was born in Israel.He's a grandchild of Holocaust survivors.Notwithstanding, he chose to participate as a German soldier in Reveille because of its important anti-war message.
Fun fact: Yony was the youngest actor on set and plays the banjo.

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Christopher Erk as Ewald
At 6’3”, Christopher Erk towers over his comrades in Reveille (2023) as a German squad leader. He previously played a Russian businessman in Blackout (2022) and Adam in the television series Generation Hope (2021).
Fun Fact: Christopher is classically trained in ballet, and highly skilled and experienced tap dancer and choreographer.

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Bart Voitila as Oliver Bolek
Bart Voitila plays a Polish man forced by the Germans to fight alongside them or to serve in a work camp.
Bart himself was born in Wrocł
aw, Dolnośląskie, Poland. His credits include Doc Holidays Revenge (2014), 7 Deadly Sins (2019) and Playing with Fire (2008). Fun Fact: At the age of 18, Bart played professional soccer for the Polish team ZKS Polar.

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Jared Becker as Sarge
Jared Becker plays the 18-year-old leader of the American squad in Reveille (2023). His other credits include Aaron in Sorry for My Loss (2022)
and Ben in For Whom the Bell Tolls (2021).
Fun Fact: Jared served in the United States Air Force from 2013 to 2019, which made his characterization of “Sarge” true to form.

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Joe Bongiovanni as Martin ‘Leo’ Kelly
Joe Bongiovanni brought major acting experience to Reveille (2023) in his role as an easy-going, pleasure-seeking GI. He was nominated as Best Actor for his role as Miles in The Big Nothing at the Blow-Up International Arthouse Film Festival 2020. Joe received Honorable Mention in the Independent Shorts Awards for Best Acting Duo: Avi Boyko and Joe Bongiovanni for Milo(2018). Fun Fact: Joe was a Green Beret in the U.S. Army.

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Maxwell David Marcus as Lattie Tipton
Maxwell David Marcus brought his A game to the set of Reveille (2023)
as a soft-hearten American private.

Max has acted on both stage and screen,
most recently as Ben in Sagacity (2022)and Joe in Good Stuff (2022).
Fun Fact: Marcus was a professional wrestler.

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Jake Powers as Carlis Rowe
Jake Powers is convincing in his role as a tobacco-chewing American
roughneck in Reveille (2023).
Previously, Jake played a villager in Rebel Moon
and was cast as Hot Guy #1 in Spellbound (2023).
Fun Fact: Jake is a native of Illinois,
where he studied marketing at North Central College.

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DIRECTOR, Michael Akkerman
An Idaho native, Michael Akkerman graduated from
Columbia College Hollywood Film Institute
in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Cinematic History, majoring in directing.

Reveille is his first major film as a director.
Michael is also a professional artist and
graphic designer who created the character
sketches for Reveille.
One of his most interesting creations was a stop-motion animation called
“Plastic Apocalypse”,
a series on YouTube with over
40K subscribers.
Michael has an incredible
talent depicting World War II
stories through his illustrations,
with great attention to detail,
accurately, and with precision.
This same degree
of  perfection carried over
to the movie set to produce
a powerful story.

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EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

Myra Miller, PhD
Owner of Footsteps Researchers LLC, Myra’s team provides archival research and European battlefield tourservices, specializing in WW2.
She is known for her research assistance in The Girl Who Wore Freedom (2020) and the Oscar-winning Best Documentary Short, Colette (2020).
Myra produced the WW2 documentary The Ghost Plane of LaFosse (2020) and provided research for They Won’t Die Twice (2022).
Fun Fact: She and her four siblings produced the two-volume series Soldiers’ Stories:
A Collection of WWII Memoirs (2018 and 2020) over 300 stories of American men and women who helped win the war.

 


Jörg Rochlitzer
Jörg is a Social Sciences College Professor at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa.
He is an award-winning advisor for the college’s Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and enjoys working with a diverse population of students.
Jörg has also established award-winning student exchange programs between Germany and the U.S.Jörg was born in East Germany
and experiencing the fall of the Berlin wall gave him a unique perspective on
both social change and storytelling.
He served in the German Army (1998-1999) and earned recognition for outstanding contributions during his deployment to Bosnia.
An expert in the German language and its dialects,he enjoys preparing actors for their roles.
Fun fact: As an expert in silent-film-era movie technology, Jörg has advised major film studios on vintage movie making.


Mike Burch
Mike joined the Reveille team as a military technical advisor.
He has always been interested in military history, and his own military background served him well in his work on the film.
Mike was an infantryman in the U.S. Army from 2008-2012, including a deployment to Iraq (2009-2010).
Mike then worked as an electrician while pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice, which he completed in 2018.
He now runs his own retail business, selling military surplus clothing, gear, and collectibles online.
Mike enjoys collecting historic military artifacts, as well as being a nature enthusiast who loves outdoor activities.
Fun fact: Mike lives in West Central Wisconsin with his wife, their dog, and their four cats.


Bernd Wittneben
Bernd got involved with Reveille out of pure lucky coincidence after his friend Jörg Rochlizer got him hooked on the project.
He came on board as an advisor to assist with the translation of the script and with the casting and training of the actors playing
the German characters. Soon, however, it became clear that Bernd—a native of Braunschweig, Germany
and a former member of the German Border Patrol—embodied the role of Walter Brander,
the eldest German soldier. In fact, his nickname quickly became “Die alte Mann” (the old man).
Bernd has a Master’s Degree in Water Landscaping and owns a landscaping business in Wellsburg, Iowa,
specializing in ponds and water features.
Fun fact: Bernd is a history buff and owns an extensive collection of old coffee grinders, cast
iron match holders, and street pianos.

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CREDITS

Written and Directed by: Michael Akkerman

Produced by:
Footsteps Researchers LLC
Film Farm Iowa LLC
Mike’s Militaria

Executive Producers:
Myra Miller, PhD
Jörg Rochlitzer
Mike Burch
Bernd Wittneben

Editor: Nathan Frankoff

Director of Photography: Cooper Shine

Camera Operator: Noble Gray

Armorer: Mike Burch

Hair & Make-up Designer: Lindsey Bennett

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CAST
First German Squad
Ewald                                   Christopher Erk
Richter                                 Jonathan von Mering
Koster                                  Remy Fisher
Soldier                                 Lars Vickenday
Soldier                                 Noah Duwe


First American Squad
Sgt Perez                             Nicolas Decorse
Pritchard                              Devin Krueger
Lewis                                   Reed Foster
Norm                                   Brian McCallion
Daniels                                Calvin Cook


MG Nest
Machine Gunners                 Jörg Rochlitzer
                                           Kurt Kesselring
                                           Dakota Young

 

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Second German Squad
Walter Brander                      Bernd Wittneben
Jens Artur                             Kevin Sinic
Freder Halbrock                     Yony Marian
Oliver Bolek                           Bart Voitila
Johann Tauber                       Kevin Czako
Klaus Mueller                         Vick Medina

Koster                                    Remy Fisher

Bivuac Soldiers
German Soldiers             Doug Strong
                                          Samuel Niles
                                          Gerard Czubek
                                          Kyle Prevenas
                                          Jonathan Rullman
                                          Jörg Rochlitzer

Second American Squad
Sarge                                Jared Becker
Martin ‘Leo’ Kelly               Joe Bongiovanni
Carlis Rowe                       Jake Powers
Lattie Tipton                      Maxwell David Marcus
Joe Sieja                           Kyle Yaskin
James Fife                         David Morales
Vert Enis                            Craig Jordan
Runner                               Lane Schnathorst

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Written and Directed by            Michael Akkerman


Executive Producers               Myra Miller, PhD
                                                 Jörg Rochlitzer
                                                 Mike Burch
                                                 Bernd Wittneben


Producers                                  Dr. Peter Jahr
                                                  Dr. Martin Reimer
                                                  Brian McCallion
                                                  Burdette Walters
                                                  Robert McNabb


Production Coordinators            Myra Miller, PhD
                                                   Jörg Rochlitzer

First Assistant Director                Holden Wheis
Second Assistant Director            Jörg Rochlitzer
Script and Set Supervisor            Jörg Rochlitzer
Director of Photography               Cooper Shine
Camera Operator                         Noble Gray
1st Camera Assistant                   Grant Gale
2nd Camera Assistant                  Dillon Jacobson
Sound                                          Kevin Thorn
Boom Operators                           Lane Schnathorst
                                                    Dillon Jacobson

Operations Manager                     Mark West
Grip and Gaffer                            Bryan Kaufman

 

Production Designers                    Mike Burch
                                                           Doug Strong
                                                           Jörg Rochlitzer
                                                           Bernd Wittneben
                                                           Brian McCallion
                                                           Samuel Niles
                                                           Lars Vickenday
                                                           Nele Vickenday
                                                           Tim Nelson
                                                            Avian Dougan


Armorer                                               Mike Burch
Wardrobe                                       Mike Burch
                                                            Doug Strong
                                                            Brian McCallion
                                                            Samuel Niles

Property Masters                                  Mike Burch
                                                            Doug Strong
                                                            Samuel Niles
                                                            Jörg Rochlitzer
                                                            Jeffrey Wade

Hair and Makeup                                   Lindsay Bennett
Assistant Hair/Makeup                           Aliza Yanez
                                                             Estrella Alamillo

Prosthetics                                            Tab Treml
Special Effects                                      Lindsay Bennett
Visual Effects                                        Nathan Frankoff
                                                             Michael Akkerman

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Editing and Sound                 Nathan Frankoff
                                                  Brian McCallion
                                                 Michael Akkerman
                                                 Mike Burch

Subtitles/Translation                   Bernd Wittneben
                                                 Jörg Rochlitzer
Language Dialect                        Jörg Rochlitzer
                                                 Bernd Wittneben
                                                 Burdette Walters
                                                 Lars Vickenday
                                                 Nele Vickenday
Production Assistants                 Andrew Wells
                                                 Steve Muntz
                                                 Todd Yerby
                                                 Quincey Lascheid
                                                 Estrella Alamillo
                                                 Gavin Busby
                                                 Aliza Yanez
                                                 Paul Young
                                                 Noah Duwe
                                                 Shannon
                                                 McKaig-Buffington
                                                 Cassidy Turner
                                                 Emily Pearson
                                                 Svetlana Rupert
                                                 Jake Johnson
                                                 Micah Schaefer
                                                 Torrie Bryant
                                                 Brody Burkett
                                                 Autumn Seely

 

 

Casting                                    Michael Akkerman
                                               Jörg Rochlitzer
                                               Mike Burch
                                               Bernd Wittneben

Advisors - German                    Jörg Rochlitzer
                                               Bernd Wittneben
                                               Lars Vickenday
                                               Nele Vickenday
                                               Burdette Walters
                                               Doug Strong

Advisor - Italian                        Luciano Bucci
                                               Winterline Museum
                                               (Venafro, Italy)

Advisors - Polish                       Bart Voitila
                                                Gerard Czubek

Advisors – American                  Mike Burch
                                                Brian McCallion
                                                Samuel Niles

Archival Research                     Myra Miller, PhD
                                                Footsteps Researchers
                                               
                                                Jörg Rochlitzer
                                                Bernd Wittneben
                                                Film Farm Iowa

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Location Scout/Manager                         Myra Miller, PhD
Asst. Location Manager                          Kathryn Vicat


Caterer                                                  Kathryn Vicat
Catering Assistants                                Tim Nelson
                                                             Avian Dougan
                                                             Dean Thompson

Set Location                                          Honey Branch Cave, Sparta, Missouri

Set Photographers                                 Tom Davison
                                                             Dave Rambow

Marketing and Promotions                     Myra Miller, PhD
                                                             Sophie Heran
                                                             Michael Akkerman
                                                             Jörg Rochlitzer
                                                             Shannon McKaig-Buffington

Special Thanks                                     Ellsworth Community College, Iowa Falls, Iowa
                                                            Marshalltown Community College, Marshalltown, Iowa
                                                            Ozarks Technical Community College, Springfield, Missouri
                                                            Integrierte Gesamtschule Franzsches Feld, Braunschweig Germany
                                                            Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society
                                                            Dan and Tammy Brown and Family
                                                            Omri Marian
                                                            Kristin Strong
                                                            353rd Infantry Reenactors

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Contact Executive Producers:

Jörg Rochlitzer – 641-751-0118
jrochlitzer@yahoo.de

Bernd Wittneben – 641-751-4172
berndwittneben@yahoo.de

Myra Miller, PhD – 417-849-0155
myra@footstepsresearchers.com

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  The film "Reveille"
  is a historical fiction
  based on archival documents
  and research.

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