We’ve added another cast member! Thomas Mendolia will be playing the male lead in the film. We’re so happy to have someone so talented in this role.
Here’s Thomas’ bio.
Thomas Mendolia is a passionate actor who’s relatively new to the game.
Starting out on stage, Thomas is always looking for projects to help make new friends and to expand his acting vocabulary as well.
After moving to New York to pursue his dream, Thomas starred in SUNRISE APHRODITE, a short film by Frank Zhu; BAGGAGE, directed by Jeremiah Kipp and starring Rob Dimension; and PENELOPE, which he wrote and directed along with Patrick Ball. His stage credits in New York include: COMING HOME by Chris Raddatz, which played at the Dream Up Festival; JUNIOR by Philip Eggers, which played at the Manhattan Repertory Theater; and MACBETH by the Onomatopoeia Theater Company, which played at the Gene Frankel Theater.
Usually, Thomas plays mostly lighter characters with a sense of sensitivity and humor, but he is very interested in exploring his darker side. For that reason, he is excited to play the male lead in PAINKILLER.
We’re happy to announce that Adam Ginsberg has joined the PAINKILLER production team! He brings a great deal of experience in indie horror to the project, and the film will greatly benefit from his knowledge.
Here’s his bio.
Adam Ginsberg is a New York actor, producer, voice artist, and host. With varied experience ranging from advertising and marketing to filmmaking and event management, Adam has developed a keen sense of the business side of projects, while his passion for bringing characters to life, combined with his educational background (including schooling from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting), has allowed him to flourish in film, theatre, voice-over, and hosting.
Beginning his acting and producing career several years ago with the inception of his company TwitchTwitch Productions and a successful theatrical run of the company’s original theater productions, Adam progressed both on stage and off as he created new shows and productions, acted Off-Broadway, and kicked off his radio program “The POD of the Dead.” As a theatrical actor, he has performed on stages on Long Island as well as in New York City.
As Adam transitioned personally to film acting and producing, he also transitioned his company to large-scale events and ultimately film festivals. Co-founding and -producing The Macabre Faire Film Festival with his wife, Elsie, Adam and she have rocketed TwitchTwitch Productions to a very important position within the indie horror film community.
As a film actor, Adam has done a number of short and feature-length projects over the last few years. He recently played the lead role in 2013’s award-winning Western film “Prize,” as well as the Killer in “The Gilgo Beach Murders” feature film, which he also co-produced.
Adam has steadily found his way into quality projects with solid filmmakers, including work with award-winning producers and filmmakers Hakki Subentekin and Joe Tripician, with whom he acted for in various projects. To date, he has acted in more than 20 films and productions and produced several projects as well as short and feature-length films.
For more information about Adam Ginsberg, see below.
We are honored to announce that Rob Dimension has joined the Painkiller crew as a producer!
Most of the cast and crew for Painkiller met while working on Rob’s fantastic short Baggage. Without Baggage, Painkiller would not be happening, and we are very excited that Rob has agreed to share his expertise, insight, and energy with our production.
Here’s Rob’s bio. His credentials speak for themselves!
Rob Dimension is an actor, writer, director, entertainer, and producer, as well as supporter of the independent filming community. Dimension got his first start in the entertainment industry in the early ’90s when he worked for the Warner Brothers Network, writing and producing TV commercials.
In 2001, Dimension began his 13-year career in the sport of professional wrestling, both behind and in front of the camera. Rob was a writer for a Pennsylvania-based wrestling company, one of the only companies to have live television. Dimension’s TV work has been featured in Japan and in France also. Dimension also was notorious for portraying “bad guys” and credits this for his future work. Professional wrestling allowed Rob to travel and learn character development.
In 2009, Dimension started a “horror hosting” television series titled “Late Night at the Horror Hotel.” Dimension wrote and starred in the series as well as handled the marketing, which had the show broadcast to over 24 markets in the United States, hosting some classic films.
In 2012, Dimension started writing his award-winning film NO CLOWNING AROUND. Dimension has been open and honest about his battle with depression and believes this film was a “win” and helped him take back his life. Dimension wrote, starred in, and co-directed the short. Because of this short, the character Mumbles the Clown has even made its way to comic books, being featured in The Living Corpse: Haunted book that saw national distribution in 2013.
In 2013, Dimension began his quest for writing his second award-winning film, BAGGAGE. BAGGAGE has been seen all over the United States and has been described by viewers and critics as “a Hitchcock-style film.” Dimension wrote and starred in this tribute to classic black-and-white, psychological horror-style drama. This film has been very well received. Dimension was also named “Independent Voice” award winner for his work within the community.
In 2014, Dimension has started work on his third film, RABBIT HOLE. Dimension has stated this film will mix a rougher style of filmmaking with a twist on classic storytelling. RABBIT HOLE is scheduled to film in April and will be released this August.
You can learn more about Rob at:
We have a fantastic crew for the film. Now we’re assembling an amazing cast!
We are happy to announce that Kelly Rae LeGault will be playing the female lead in Painkiller. She’s a versatile actress who has performed in several independent horror films (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5400031/).
Here’s her bio.
Kelly Rae LeGault is an actress and model based out of New York City. Originally from the Midwest, Kelly developed a desire for performing that overshadowed everything else she wanted to do, and started at a very young age. She was appreciative of her small-town upbringing, but wanted something more. Watching Saturday Night Live on her grandmother’s living room floor with her brother and cousins is what made her want to be a performer. She was three years old, and able to recite dialogue from entire sketches (and mimic the voices) to the delight of her family. Despite her shy nature, Kelly found that acting was the one area where she felt the confidence to do whatever was necessary to bring a story to life. That newfound confidence led to numerous roles in her community theatre (Players de Noc, in Escanaba, MI), children’s theatre (Missoula Children’s Theatre, in Missoula, MT), and consecutive featured roles at Gladstone Area High School for her four-year career.
Kelly then decided to pursue Communication and Performance Studies at Northern Michigan University (NMU). During her time at NMU, Kelly fell into her theatre studies immediately, but found out that she was not getting the kind of roles she had before. She was not being considered for the ingenues or featured performers, but for characters and creatures. This led to some roles on the main stage, but more roles on the Black Box Theatre stage — experimental, underground work. Not surprisingly, Kelly thrived in this environment where the extreme characterizations and unconventional stagings could take hold. Her work in the Black Box was the foundation for who she is as a performer today.
Once Kelly’s theatre studies were complete, New York was in her crosshairs. A few years after moving to New York, Kelly finally got her chance to put that training to use. In her work, she is particularly drawn to dark or alternative projects that explore the edgy complexity of women characters (for modeling, macabre editorial). This led to a fateful meeting with film director Jeremiah Kipp and an immediate partnership was formed. Since then, Kelly has become a staple in the independent horror community in the tri-state area. Such projects include seasons 1 and 2 of the “In Fear Of” Web series, short films The Days God Slept and Baggage, and the independent feature film The Gilgo Beach Murders. She’s not afraid to get ugly or weird, and loves embracing unusual characters.
Kelly is proud and excited to expand her horror repertoire by working once again with Action Media Productions, and the team she knows and trusts.
We’re all back from the Macabre Faire Film Festival, and what a fantastic weekend. We should have some news about the project in the coming days, but, for now, here’s a photo of the confirmed crew (from left to right): Jeffrey S. Gould, Jeremiah Kipp, Jerry Janda, and Steve Adams. We all worked together on Rob Dimension’s fantastic short BAGGAGE (a big hit at Macabre!), and we’re getting the band back together for PAINKILLER! We enjoyed a nice dinner out on Saturday night and even began the brainstorming process for the film. Things are shaping up to be excellent already.
Jeremiah, Jeff, and Rob all gave presentations at the festival, and they offered some great insights to the attendees — covering topics such as post-production, getting the best performances from actors, and crowd-funding. Additionally, Rob and Jeremiah hosted two Q&As for BAGGAGE. All very entertaining…and all incredibly educational. A positive experience from start to finish.
We’re happy to announce that Action Media Productions is the production company that will be shooting and editing Painkiller. I had the privilege of working with the Action Media guys (Jeffrey S. Gould and Steve Adams) on BAGGAGE, along with director Jeremiah Kipp. This is a great, talented crew, and I’m so excited that they all agreed to be part of this project.
Jeffrey is going to serve as directory of photography, producer, and editor. Steve is cinematographer.
Check out their bios in the Cast and Crew section!