New Money (2017)


New Money (2017)

A movie about a struggling pet store worker who kidnaps her estranged father after he cuts her out of his will.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
IMDb  6.2 /10
Director Jason B. Kohl
Writer Jason B. Kohl
Release Date2019-04-16
Runtime1h 25mins
GenreCrime, Drama, Thriller
Content Rating
Awards2 wins & 3 nominations.
CompanyMako Films, New Money Productions, Big Vision Empty Wallet
Debbie Tisdale
Rose Tisdale
Boyd Tisdale
John Breckner
Female Officer
Amanda Barnes
Amanda Barnes
Dennis Bernick
Dennis Bernick
Man in Gym
Steve Brandman
Steve Brandman
Male Officer
Kevin Corbett
Kevin Corbett
C. Joab Davis
C. Joab Davis
Restaurant Manager (as C.J. Davis)
Adam Graber
Adam Graber
Payday Loans Teller

New Money (2017 film)

New Money is an American crime drama film written and directed by Jason B. Kohl. It stars Louisa Krause, Robin Weigert, Brendan Sexton III and Chelcie Ross. The plot follows a pet store worker who kidnaps her estranged father after he cuts her out of his will. The film had its world premiere at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, and won the audience award at the 2018 Indie Memphis Film Festival. The film was released on April 16, 2019 by Gravitas Ventures.


  • Louisa Krause as Debbie Tisdale
  • Brendan Sexton III as Steve Purdy
  • Chelcie Ross as Boyd Tisdale
  • Robin Weigert as Rose Tisdale
  • David W. Thompson as Chris
  • Tom Wopat as John Breckner


The film opens on Debbie Tisdale (Louisa Krause)'s 30th birthday. Her gift is supposed to be a small inheritance of $50,000 from her estranged father Boyd (Chelcie Ross), but she soon learns that Boyd, under the influence of his younger wife Rose (Robin Weigert), has cut Debbie out of his will. Debbie suspects foul play; Boyd suffers from dementia and could have easily been manipulated.

After a failed negotiation, Debbie and her boyfriend Steve (Brendan Sexton III) kidnap Boyd and head north, where they break into an elegant lake house, empty for the season. Once there Debbie forms a plan to access to her inheritance by darker means.


The film was shot on location in Lansing and Detroit, Michigan. It was the first feature film to shoot in Michigan after Governor Snyder eliminated the state's film tax credit.


The film had its world premiere in November 2017 at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. It continued to play various film festivals including the 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival. It screened in competition at the 2018 Indie Memphis Film Festival, where it won both best poster and the audience award.

The film was released on April 16, 2019 in the US by Gravitas Ventures, followed by a theatrical release in Germany and Austria.


Critical response

New Money received positive reviews from critics, with particular praise for Louisa Krause's performance. Film Threat gave New Money a 9/10, calling it

"A smart, engaging thriller. Kohl has delivered a perfectly encapsulated Coen brothers-style narrative with airtight precision... New Money serves as an excellent reminder of where desperation can lead if we let it get the better of us."

Douglas Davidson, writing for Elements of Madness, wrote that

"New Money is a powder keg of emotion... beautifully shot, scored and performed."

Vanessa Stewart from Mother of Movies, singled out the performances, writing that

"The cast glow with perfectly-attuned performances... this is not a movie to be missed."

David Duprey, writing for That Moment In, called the film

"Well made and deeply authentic."

External links

  • New Money at IMDb
  • New Money on Facebook
  • New Money at Rotten Tomatoes