Bighorn' Explores General Custer's Super Bowl Connection

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Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Did a last-minute decision by George Armstrong Custer at the fateful Battle of the Little Bighorn affect the outcome of a Super Bowl?  That's the strange but intriguing premise behind Bighorn a 15-minute supernatural historical fantasy based on a true story. In 1876 General Custer's bandmaster Felix Vinatieri an Italian immigrant and the great-great-grandfather of NFL kicker Adam Vinatieri was ordered to stay behind at the 7th Cavalry's Powder River camp and missed the Battle of the Little Bighorn where Custer and his entire regiment were annihilated.   The Twilight Zone-ish tale takes place in 2002 when the New England Patriots won their first Super Bowl on Adam Vinatieri's last-second 48-yard kick and in 1876.   Had Felix Vinatieri died at the Little Bighorn Adam would never have been born says writer/director Alfred Thomas Catalfo. I thought that was a poignant commentary about how tenuous life is and that a path taken or not taken by a person can have an effect even generations later. I remember saying that my next film would be simple and easy says Catalfo a personal injury attorney. The next thing I know I'm directing Custer's Last Stand with mounted cavalry charging soldiers firing period weapons arrows flying and a very ornery herd of buffalo on a film with a $5000 budget. After a script review and several months of negotiations the NFL granted the filmmakers permission to use footage of Adam Vinatieri's game-winning field goal in the 2002 Super Bowl. Vinatieri now with the Indianapolis Colts is widely regarded as the greatest clutch kicker of all time. Bighorn can be viewed free online at