Production Team• • •
The First Minnesota Films production team has years of experience producing documentary films right here in Minnesota, including the award winning American Hero series, which was eventually featured as part of HBO’s The Pacific.
Most recently Bill wrote and produced the play Exit Strategy to critical acclaim in both Minneapolis and Los Angeles. He also co-produced, directed and wrote the feature film, Herman USA. Bill co-produced the award-winning World War II documentary series, The American Hero. He also produced Fighter Aces of World War II, the 1988 Military Video of the Year, as well as Ladies Sing the Blues, nominated in 1989 as Best Long Form Music Video of the Year.
Bill founded the Cricket Theater in Minneapolis and was its producing director for 13 years. He produced and staged nearly 100 productions. Under his tenure the theater was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Regional Theater.
Jeff was Co-Producer of the feature film, Herman USA, which was released theatrically and had a successful run on domestic television as well being distributed worldwide in more than 30 countries. Jeff is also the Co-Producer of the World War II documentary series, The American Hero, recipient of eleven major national documentary film awards, including two Telly Awards as Best Documentary Film of the Year.
Prior to producing films, Jeff was a consultant to numerous video and publishing companies as well as being a literary agent and book packager. Previous to that, Jeff worked for B. Dalton Bookseller in numerous management capacities. Recently, in addition to working on the Civil War project, he has been consultant to several publishers and writers as well developing additional film and book projects to be produced following completion of No More Gallant a Deed.
Board of Advisors
Our current list of advisors is as follows:
Author of The Last Full Measure and recently retired President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. His detailed knowledge of the 1st and the men who served will inform our story throughout.
Retired Emeritus Professor of History St. Thomas University who taught Civil War history as his specialty. He is currently at work on a book on the 3rd Minnesota. The recipient of numerous awards for his knowledge of military history and the author of many articles on the military aspects of the war, his knowledge of the tactics and methods will help inform our understanding of the combat portions of our story.
Adjunct Professor University of Minnesota, Assistant Professor Humphrey Institute. His special focus is on American political and institutional history, behavior in American public life, and Minnesota political history. His knowledge will inform our understanding of the political dimensions of the Civil War in Minnesota. Professor Stone teaches Richard Moe’s book as part of his course work with a specific focus on the political and social impacts of the Civil War on the citizens of Minnesota during the War.
Professor of History, Union College, author of Go If You Think It Your Duty: A Minnesota Couple’s Civil War Letters. Her knowledge of Civil War letters and the value of epistemological story telling will be invaluable.
In addition to the team of scholars above, other advisors are:
A retired senior historian at the Minnesota Historical Society, as well as author, lecturer, and collector, he will bring his thirty years experience regarding the details of soldierly life to bear on our project, making sure that we provided an accurate and nuanced picture of what it meant to be a Civil War soldier.
Editor of the book, No More Gallant a Deed by James Wright. Steve is a professor of History at Bethel College. Steve’s intimate knowledge of the day to day life of the men of the 1st will also help inform our narrative.
Former Star Tribune reporter and author of Pale Horse at Plum Run, a detailed account of the Battle of Gettysburg and the role the 1st played. His knowledge of the particulars of the complex and confusing three days of battle at Gettysburg will be vital in ensuring our presentation is accurate.
The collector of the largest private collection of 1st Minnesota artifacts with a special focus on photographs of the individual men in the Regiment. His knowledge of the individual stories of the soldiers of the 1st will be instrumental in helping us determine through whose eyes and stories we should tell this remarkable tale.
Former Vice-President Walter Mondale
Senior Fellow at the Humphrey Institute and partner at Dorsey Whitney law firm, is a special advisor to the project.
Former District U.S. Attorney General and great-great-grandson of Christopher Heffelfinger, an officer in the 1st, is also a special advisor to the project and a member of the recently appointed Governor’s Civil War Commemoration Task Force.