By Way of the Stars
By Way of the Stars is an action/adventure television mini-series co-produced in 1992 by Sullivan Entertainment and German Beta-Taurus Kirch Group, that begins in 19th century Prussia, then travels through post-U.S. Civil War Charleston to the ‘Canadas’ and the West. Set in 1865, the story is about a thirteen-year-old boy from Prussia, named Lukas (Zachary Bennett), who moves to America to escape family problems and a dangerous enemy.
Along his journey he meets a young girl named Ursula (Gema Zamprogna) and the two children struggle to survive the difficult frontier lifestyle. The six-hour mini-series is based on a popular German children’s novel called “The Long Journey of Lukas B.”
There are many characters in this series, and Eric Schweig plays the role of one of them, Black Thunder, a Native American who comes to the rescue of the young Lukas a few times. He appears at the end of the fifth episode and remains on the screen until the end of the sixth episode. Other excellent actors I greatly appreciate have also a small role in By Way of the Stars: Gordon Tootoosis (Cree Chief), the wonderfull Tantoo Cardinal (Françoise) and Michelle St. John (White Feather).
In 1992, Eric Schweig is 25 and also participates in the filming of The Last of the Mohicans where he plays the role of Uncas, that made him famous. Fortunately, the character of Black Thunder allows him to experience his natural talent as an actor with more dialogues and interactions that the role of Uncas allowed him.
Black Thunder is a young warrior in full possession of his faculties, which clearly expresses his contempt for the White People, yet without letting his feelings blind him regarding the very special character of the young Lukas. Indeed this is thanks to the support of Black Thunder that Lukas finally finds his father after his long and perilous journey.
Series Directed by Allan King (6 episodes)
Stars: Zachary Bennett, Gema Zamprogna, Michael Mahonen, Tantoo Cardinal, Albert Miller, Eric Schweig, Gordon Tootoosis, Michelle St-John, Jan Rubes, Dominique Sanda and many more.
-2 Gemini Nominations – Best Direction in a Series (Allan King), Best Original Music Score for a Series, 1993
-Bronze Plaque Award – Columbus International Film Festival, 1993 (U.S.)