Wilhelm (Willy) von Frank [Brandon Hilton] - College-aged German factory worker, socialist, has an American girlfriend who attends the University of Erfurt in Erfurt, Germany. When war breaks out in 1914, Willy will be torn between his commitment to his nationalistic family, his socialist ideals that make him a conscientious objector, and his love for his foreign girlfriend. He will do everything he can to avoid the war, but once drafted the pressure from his father and fear of a life-sentence in prison for his cowardice convince him to reluctanly join the German army headed for the Western Front. When the story takes place, it is four years into the war, and Willy has become a hardened veteran of the war. He and the German army are fighting for survival in the face of fresh American troops sent to attack in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.
Elizabeth Coleridge [Josie Snyder] - American exchange student at the University of Erfurt. She is unable to return to her family in Buffalo, NY since the war has broken out, and her love for Willy is her only solace. When Willy leaves for the Western Front, she will find no comfort in his letters, which begin to reveal the detrimental impact of war upon his character to the point that she feels she no longer recognizes him. Meanwhile, her classmates, townspeople, and even Willy's family treat her as a foreigner who has no place in Germany. Her passion for Willy and hope for making a life with him after the war in Germany drives her to serve as a nurse for the Red Cross, which brings her directly into contact with the horrors of war.
Johnathan Williams [Caleb Wall] - Johnathan is a patriotic and idealistic young American who is a recently graduated student from high school who plans to attend New York University to study law. He hopes to one day be a politician, and he is a firm believer in the American dream, Wilson's Progressive international diplomacy, and when the United States is drawn into war in 1917, he enlists in order to bring democracy to the "enslaved people of Europe." His father, Alfred, is ardently opposed to the war, believing that the war has been started by militarists hoping to profit from the lives and sacrifice of boys like his son. Against his parents' wishes, Johnathan joins the army and goes to the Western Front as a doughboy. After being sent to the Front, he engages in his first battle in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.
Alfred Williams [Noah Gaudreau] - Johnathan's father. He is a simple man with little ambition besides being a sundry story owner is his small town. He hopes that one day his son will continue in his footsteps, but he is willing to support his son's ideas of going to college in New York, with the hope that he could return to practice law in their small town. He does not support the war, and he is fearful that his son will try to go to war against his wishes. Alfred lost a brother in the Spanish-American War, and he does not believe that war can be justified unless it is in self defense.
Helen Hughs [Roni Hecker] - Helen is a nurse that Johnathan encounters before he arrives on the Western Front at the Argonne Sector for the American offensive. She has seen terrible bloodshed as a Red Cross nurse and has participated in numerous amputations and surgeries in field hospitals. She is drained, bitter, and intensely afraid of further attacks made by the Allies since she knows that it will only put more men in her field hospital. She converses with the love struck Johnathan about horrors of war and she reveals to him how unromantic and unchivalrous war will be.
Marcus LaGree [Micah Sanchez] - Marcus works in his father's church as a janitor and odd-job man. He lives and works in the same town as Johnathan, but they do not really know one another since Marcus is African-American and has never really associated with Johnathan. He is young and ambitious, but he sees little opportunity for an African-American youth, so he hopes that registering for the US Army will give him a chance at equal treatment and equal opportunity after the war. After he joins, he will be assigned to the Harlem Hellfighters and see action in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.
Freddie [Cairo Morton] - Marcus's African-American friend who serves in the Harlem Hellfighters with him. He is quiet, but personable. He hopes to not only distinguish himself in war, but also to survive. He never rushes into a fight with suicidal enthusiasm, but keeps his head low and bravely protects his friends when under heavy fire.
Otto von Frank [Bob Keenum] - Father of Willy. He is a veteran of the Franco-Prussian War and he expects his son to achieve military glory on the battlefield. He realizes that Wilhelm is not a patriot and that he wants to avoid the war by working in a factory or dodging the draft.
Heinrich [Josh Bundy] - German friend and hardcore fighter who inspires and trains Willy to do battle as part of the Stosstruppen. He is driven, patriotic, and fears nothing. He takes on danger with such ease and is so cool under fire that it initially makes Wilhelm fear him, but then inspires him.
Samantha [Molly Putnam] - American Red Cross nurse who is working in a field hospital with Helen. She is sassy and is in Europe to escape the stuffy conservatism of American society -- looking for adventure and freedom by working in the war.
Adolf [Nathan Barndt] - Adolf is a shy, antisocial, but incredibly patriotic young Austrian. He does not associate with his comrades in the trenches. He will be faced with a near-death experience in No Man's Land and will try to save Willy.
Eddy [Alec Michael] - Johnathan’s friend from high school. The two registered together after graduation, but Eddy did not feel fully committed in the sense that Johnathan did. He is timid, shy, and a little awkward. His friendship to Johnathan is all that really drew him to the war, but now they are in the trenches together.
Lt. Shaw [Justice Craig] - White Officer of the Harlem Hellfighters. He is condescending toward his African-American troops, and he demands the best of them.
Captain Wilson [Jacob Pankratz] - Officer of the American regiment that Johnathan belongs to. He is driven to earn distinction in battle by having his men break through the German defenses.
Shane Fairbanks [Director/Producer/Writer] - Shane Fairbanks first learned film editing because he was bored at his summer job in college. He began directing short films, promotional films, documentaries, and concert footage as a hobby. He is now a film and history teacher at BCCHS. With his wife, he also owns PinUp Productions and films weddings, commercials, and creative films.
Thayne Harris [Director/Soundtrack Score Producer] - Thayne Harris is a 2017 graduate of the Film Program and is an aspiring photographer, musician, and filmmaker. Thayne attributes his multifaceted talents to his mother, Kara. He played a critical role in this film as writer, cinematographer, and musical score director. Thayne will go on to attend Belmont University in Nashville, TN as a music education major.
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