The Millennium Bug

the cast

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Jessica Simons (Joany Haskin)

Originally from New York, Jessica grew up in both the US and Guatemala. Raised by a very artistic family, Jessica began acting, painting and playing multiple musical instruments at the age of 5. She went on to train at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, the Strasberg Institute in NYC and the prestigious Actors Studio in NYC where she received her MFA degree. Jessica currently lives in Los Angeles, where she acts in both film and television. Working also as a filmmaker, she has collaborated on award winning films that have played at top film festivals around the world. Jessica was recently inducted as a Lifetime Member of the Actors Studio.

joany haskin
Jon Briddell
Jon Briddell (Byron Haskin)

Jon began his professional acting career in 1989, performing in a Second City (Chicago) affiliated sketch comedy show. He trained in theater throughout the mid-west prior to his arrival to Los Angeles in late 1993. His credits include over 20 feature films, constant television guest appearances, and numerous gigs in commercials, infomercials, and print campaigns. He starred in the series "What Goes On" on the N network, was a recurring on "All My Children" opposite Susan Lucci, "Fashion House" opposite Bo Derek, and "Pensacola, Wings of Gold," opposite James Brolin. Recently, he has co-starred on such TV shows as "Criminal Minds", "Castle", "Lie To Me", "Knight Rider", "CSI Miami", "Heist," and a pilot, "Danni Lowinski," for CBS. In addition to appearing as Dr. Yost, Jon worked as the voice of KITT (on set) on "Knight Rider" for all 17 episodes. Jon is an avid Ohio State Football fan, never missing a game on Saturdays.

Byron Haskin
John Charles Meyer
John Charles Meyer (Billa Crawford)

John Charles Meyer returned to his childhood love of acting in 2006 after splitting his twenties between a political campaign strategy firm and a touring rock band. He has since landed roles on the TV series "Southland", "CSI:NY", "iCarly", "The Forgotten", "Zoey 101," and pilots "Gimme Shelter" (CBS) and "Awakening" (CW). His film roles include the features "El Tio Sam", "The Millennium Bug" and "The Taqwacores," along with more than 40 shorts and web series. As live performance is still his favorite medium, he has also taken bows on seven of LA’s theatre stages. A member of SAG and AFTRA, John is represented theatrically by Buchwald & Associates.

Billa Crawford
Adam Brooks
Adam Brooks (Fij Crawford)

In 2005, Adam moved from St. Louis, MO to Southern California in search of a wilder lifestyle and an acting career. Since, his accomplishments include being cast in a handful of film and television projects, forming a rockabilly band in which he was the lead singer, and managing to stir up controversy at a good number of Los Angeles nightclubs and bars, almost always resulting in ejection from the premises. Regarding his own efforts and achievements so far in LA, Adam promulgates, "We're on the right track."

Fij Crawford
Christine Haeberman
Christine Haeberman (Clarissa Haskin)

Christine has lived in Los Angeles as a working actress for five years. She can be seen in the indie horror film "Murder Loves Killers Too" as the heroine Aggie, and the suspense thiller "Bureaucracy," in which she plays a blind woman. She also won 3rd Place on VH1's hit show "Scream Queens 2," hosted by Jaime King. Coming up, you can catch her in "Luv Struck," a romantic short by the award-winning filmmaker Aaron Caine, due out in festivals in 2011.

Clarissa Haskin
Trek Loneman
Trek Loneman (Uncle Hibby)

Trek won five best actor awards in the 1980's for his roles in various California theater productions. He has performed in over twenty plays, including his one man show, "Mark Twain Between The Comets." Trek has also had major roles in numerous films, including the actioner “Warbirds,” the horror film “Slaughterhouse,” and the award-winning PBS docudrama “The Lemon Grove Incident.” In 1986 he was Jack Nicholson's stand-in in “The Witches Of Eastwick.” Trek Loneman is an AKA name chosen because he feels that it fits his soul.

Uncle Hibby Crawford
Ginger Pullman
Ginger Pullman (Pearlene Crawford)

Ginger Pullman majored in theatre at Missouri State University before signing with Ford Models and moving to New York City. Her first break into the horror genre was for Doug Hutchison's "Vampire Killers". She recently completed another horror project with director Jon Schnepp ("Metalocalypse") and can next be seen in MTVs scripted horror/comedy series "Death Valley" premiering in 2011.

Pearlene Crawford
Benjamin Watts
Benjamin Watts (The Millennium Bug)

Benjamin Watts spent his formative acting years in Las Vegas under the tutelage of Walter Mason. He enrolled with The Second City in Vegas and performed bi-weekly at their SET shows, learning how to make an absolute fool of himself. Mr. Watts also had an affinity for traditional theatre and kept himself busy with multiple productions including "Golden Boy", "Lysistrata," and "Orpheus Descending," to name a few. Simultaneously, he founded an independent film company with a longtime friend and went on to produce short films which he not only wrote, but also starred in. After making his way to Los Angeles, he's worked with Nippon Television, BET, and up-and-comer Eric England, as well as the great guys at The Squire Film Shoppe. He's currently promoting his comedic web series, "Matchstick McCoy," as well as preparing for an untitled superhero project to be shot summer 2011.

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Ben Seton
Ben Seton (Rip Crawford)

Raised in the Australian bush in a place called Wombeyan Caves, Ben Seton arrived in LA to audition for "The Millennium Bug," but because of his thick bush accent, he was cast as the non-speaking deformed red-neck Rip. He has since worked with a dialect coach and is now the lead in a couple of sci-fi action films, “The Vanquisher” and “Thrillseekers.” Ben currently works as an alien from outer space, collecting data on planet Earth for his “3D Burning Man Project.” He also wishes he was a Marvel superhero, but is taking little baby Rip steps to get there.

Rip Crawford
Sandi Steinberg
Sandi Steinberg (Granny Willow Crawford)

Sandi Steinberg has appeared in film, television and theater. Some of her credits include: "The Teachers Lounge", "Who’s Steve?", "Washout", "Fear", "For No One" (episodes 2, 3 & 5), "H. O. A." (pilot episode), "Grandfather Clock," and "Love and Roaches." In addition, she is a full-time screenwriter, playwright, script-consultant/script doctor and has recently renewed her passion for jazz singing. She supports two very spoiled rescue dogs and a demanding house in the hills.

Granny Willow Crawford
Toast
Dustin Yoder (Orpheus)

Dustin isn't a proper actor, but playing the role of a filthy, aggressive, deformed, subterranean cannibal isn't a far step off his ordinary life.

Orpheus
Ian Pfister
Ian Pfister (Game Warden)

Ian has done numerous independent films since moving to Los Angeles almost four years ago, and is very happy to be a part of "The Millennium Bug." Before moving to LA, he spent seven years in New York, where some of his stage credits include: (Off-Broadway) "The Golem" (Sickman) and "The Castle" (The Mayor/Male Swing), both at Manhattan Ensemble Theatre. Other New York theatre: "You’ll Have Had Your Hole" (Jinks), the U.S. premier of the play by Irvine Welsh; "Time to Burn" (Jaroslow), the New York premiere of the play by Charles Mee; and "Unidentified Human Remains And The True Nature of Love" (David), among others. Ian holds an MFA in performance from the University of Connecticut. He currently lives in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles with his wife Sarah.

Game Warden
Ken McFarlane
Ken McFarlane (Roger Patterson)

Before Roger the crypto-zoologist came to life, Ken the actor was born in Nova Scotia, spent his adolescence in Los Angeles, got his BA and MFA from California State University, Northridge, and filled his adulthood with independent film and theatre. Recently on stage, he played Polonius in Ty Mayberry’s innovative staging of "Hamlet." Prior to that, Ken stepped into the shoes of a mortician trying to make sense of a dysfunctional Irish family in William Norrett’s comedy "Brendan O’Lenihan Leaves Three Daughters." Other theatre credits ranging from New York, Vancouver to Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum and LA Theatre Center include "Dracula", "Six Degrees of Separation", "True West", "The Misanthrope", "Enemy of the People", "The Lark", "Much Ado About Nothing", "Two Gentlemen of Verona", "JB", "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead", "Cockroach Nation", "Molly Sweeney", and "The Book of John," as well as the title roles in the world premier productions of "Godislav" and "The Crown of Minos." His film credits include "Caesar & Otto’s Summer Camp Massacre," and reprising the role of the bloodthirsty but lovable martini crazed Jerry in the sequel "Caesar & Otto’s Deadly Christmas" (schedule for release in 2011). Other film credits include "Change For Food", "The Golem", "Noise Matters", "Empire Builders", "Annabelle", "Rose Colored Glasses", "Insomnia Manica", "Delusive Dreams" and "The Short Cut." In addition, Ken made an appearance as a Roman General who was responsible for one of the greatest military defeats in history on The History Channel's "Battle’s B.C.: Hannibal."

Roger Patterson