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Meet the Cast & Crew: Tawnie Thompson (Aisha)

Tawnie P. Thompson
Tawnie Thompson

In each post, we will introduce you to the cast and crew of The New World Horror. Tawnie plays Aisha in The New World Horror, and recently played Megan in another indie horror film, Don’t Go To The Reunion.

Aisha was born in a Sunni Muslim family.  Her father was a poet and school owner, running a chain of schools in Pakistan.   Aisha’s father would educate her at home.  Aisha begged her father to be enrolled in the local school, even though the Taliban forbids girls to be in school.   Aisha didn’t care…she wanted to go, and she did finally convince her father to let her go to school.  Suddenly, her father’s schools started becoming a Taliban target and one school, although empty at the time, was bombed.  His father was furious and scared.  When Aisha was 15, three members of the Taliban approached her at the bus stop.  They shot her in the head and the neck.   She remembers seeing Daniel taking care of her on the street, but it all seemed like a dream. Eventually, she woke up in a hospital in London and the first person she saw, even before her father, was Daniel.  She knew then that he saved her life.   He later asked her to marry her and Aisha immediately said yes.   They stayed in England and Daniel finished up his degree at Cambridge.  The couple moved to the United States, and Aisha went to school at  UW Madison to study nursing while Daniel worked as a biology professor. Aisha also enjoys helping Daniel at his lab at the university, until the New World Horror….

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Meet the Cast & Crew: Steve Golla (Cooper)

Steve Golla
Steve Golla

In each post, we will introduce you to the cast and crew of The New World Horror. Steve Golla plays our union man, Cooper. You may have also seen Steve on an episode of Showtime’s show Shameless.

Cooper was born in Kaukauna, WI.  His dad worked at paper mill as a supervisor and his mother worked in the same mill part-time doing clerical work.  Cooper’s dad called their family a “proud union family,” and Cooper gladly went to work in the paper mill  after high school.  Cooper loved working there and was soon promoted. Only a year into Cooper’s job as a supervisor, he heard of rumors that the mill was purchased by Cain Industries.  Walter Cain came to the mill to state his appreciation for everyone’s hard work and said they would not be shutting the factory down.  The next day, 90% of the employees at the factory got layoff letters with a two week severance pay. They were informed that they had to train their replacements. Cooper was devastated and fell into a deep depression drinking heavily and began verbally abusing his wife.  As far as he is concerned, Walter Cain is responsible for his dramatic downturn.  Cooper is still bitter about losing his job, and doesn’t know what to do. Until The New World Horror….

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Meet the Cast & Crew: Carmela Wiese (Abigail)

Carmela Wiese
Carmela Wiese

In each post, we will introduce you to the cast and crew of The New World Horror. You may recognize Carmela from Incest Death Squad, and she plays Abigail in our film.

Abigail is a knife-throwing priest and a lesbian, but her background is fairly mysterious after her teen years . Abigail grew up as a stereotypical juvenile delinquent, stealing candy, firecrackers, and later bicycles .  After she was kicked out of several foster homes, she ended up at a Catholic orphanage. At the orphanage, Abigail found God and also her own sexuality after trysts with an older nun.  After she left the orphanage, she seemed to almost disappear for several years, until she resurfaced in Wisconsin recently.

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Meet the Cast & Crew: Annie Clift (Special Effects/Make-up)

Annie Clift
Annie Clift

In each post, we will introduce you to the cast and crew of The New World Horror. Today’s post highlights a very talented member of our special effects and make-up team, Annie Clift!

Annie worked on the creepy blisters and gore for our tea party zombie when we did some initial shooting in downtown Madison on a very cold day in February.

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Meet the Cast & Crew: Sarah Bartash (marketing)

Sarah Bartash
Sarah Bartash

In this series, we introduce you to the cast and crew of The New World Horror. Next up is a member of our marketing team, Sarah Bartash, who also serves as a script supervisor and a producer. If you enjoyed our March Madness horror brackets, you can thank Sarah.

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Meet the Cast & Crew: Dana Pellebon (Michelle)

Dana Pellebon
Dana Pellebon

In each post, we will introduce you to the cast and crew of The New World Horror. Dana Pellebon is starring as Michelle in the film, and is well known in the Madison arts community. Most recently, she was seen as  Melpomene in the Mercury Players Theater production of Xanadu.

Michelle grew up in a tough neighborhood in Chicago, losing her mother to cancer at a young age, and was raised by her grandmother. While Michelle was more into reading and academics in school, she soon found herself in an unlikely relationship with an abusive boyfriend. Gang violence eventually took her younger brother and grandmother from her after her boyfriend met his own violent end. Michelle decided she had enough of Chicago, and went to college on academic scholarships. While she still keeps people at a distance, Michelle is generally respected at the elementary school where she teaches English and history and is also head of the teacher’s union. She is living the American dream and making her grandmother proud. Until The New World  Horror….

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Meet the Cast & Crew: Adam Schabow (Director, Co-Writer, Russ)

Adam Schabow
Adam Schabow

(Photo of Adam by Dave Kreisman)

In each post, we will introduce you to the cast and crew of The New World Horror. Adam Schabow is the creative force behind the film, the one who decided to write a script about tea party zombies and then recruited people to help bring his vision to life. He has many roles in the film, including director, writer, producer, and also stars as Russ.

Russ learned early in life, that when something is bothering him, watching a movie shoves that feeling away for a few hours.
People are surprised by his lack of ambition.  After high school, he floated around, working from one meaningless job to another. When the recession hit, he had no specific skill set, so he found himself struggling to get by.  This didn’t bother Russ because he doesn’t need much. He lives in a studio apartment, where he has made an island for himself. Russ finds all things political boring and uninteresting. Russ just wants to live alone in his island…aka his studio apartment. Until The New World  Horror….

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Meet the Cast & Crew: Joshua James

Joshua James
Joshua James

In each post, we will introduce you to the cast and crew of The New World Horror. Joshua James plays Jules, a blogger and the creepy star of our teaser trailer.

Jules is a self-involved blogger who has his hands in everything, especially if he thinks there is an opportunity for personal gain. He acts. He’s in a band.  He writes.  He expects everyone to promote his new project and claims to be pro-community, but mysteriously disappears when friends or acquaintances ask for his help.  He’s comfortable covering local politics, but his articles are bland and predictable, always choosing the progressive side of things.  While he makes little money working at a community coffee shop, he’s a rock star in the blogging and art community. He’s boring…but people kiss his ass anyway. Until The New World Horror….

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Meet the Cast & Crew: Harris Lemberg (Walter)

Harris Lemberg
Harris Lemberg

Welcome to the first Meet the Cast & Crew post! In each post, we will introduce you to the cast and crew of The New World Horror. First, Harris Lemberg, an entertainer with many talents, who plays Walter.

 

Walter is the son of a wealthy businessman, who later took over his father’s business and made even more money by shipping jobs overseas to China. Walter decided to run for Congress using his father’s name to help him get into politics and continued to buy up companies and ship the jobs overseas to make a huge profit. After reelection, he gave up hope and was a whore to the tea party lobbyists. Until The New World  Horror….

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