Grace Gummer stars in MESKADA, a film by Josh Sternfeld. Picture copyright © 2010 and courtesy Red Flag Releasing. All rights reserved.
- Nick Stahl
- Rachel Nichols
- Kellan Lutz
- Jonathan Tucker
- Grace Gummer
- Laura Benanti
- James McCaffrey
- Michael Cerveris
- David Wasserman
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Opened: 12/03/2010 Limited
|Laemmle's Moni...||12/03/2010 - 12/09/2010||7 days|
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Genre: Crime Drama
Rated: R for language, some violence and a scene of sexuality.
Meskada follows a small-town detective named Noah Cordin as he struggles to solve the brutal murder of a boy in the peaceful, affluent town of Hilliard. The killers left behind no clues at the crime scene, with the exception of a scrap of paper leading Cordin back to his hometown of Caswell. Here, Cordin and county detective Leslie Spencer consult with Cordin's old friends, all of whom are suffering from the economic troubles that have plunged Caswell into neardestitution. As their search fails to turn up a suspect, feverish tensions rise between the towns of Hilliard and Caswell, until the film reaches its shocking climax.
Meskada captures a snapshot of quintessential American small-town life. The story calls to mind our nation's history, the brutal clashes over land and territory, the class-divides and the improbable victories for equal opportunity. Meskada portrays a vivid picture of the rift between characters in two towns, people bound by loyalty, family, community, and a battle born of circumstances beyond their control.
As I began my research for the story, my mind continually drifted to a picture of America, a snapshot of small-town life we all associate with our hard-bitten national character. It was a vision akin to the one captured in the photographs of Robert Frank's The Americas of the 1950's. As this vision gradually developed, I found myself researching our nation's history, the brutal clashes over land and territory, the class-divides and improbable victories for human rights. All of this gathered force in my mind, and I began to write. And research. And write some more.
I watched a high-school basketball game in Oregon, where the wild emotions of the crowd were electrifying. I sat in on a City Council meeting in Reno, where I witnessed a vicious exchange over a proposed auto plant. I spoke to a bartender in New Hampshire, who jokingly bragged that his business was better than ever, now that the paper mill was closed.
All of this found its way into my writing. I began to create characters in two towns, people bound by loyalty, family, community, and a battle born of circumstances beyond their control. It is, I feel, a quintessentially American story.
Meskada will always be special to me, for I know it was this screenplay that made me a writer. Although I made films before this one, and will continue to make them after it's completed, the story of Meskada is also the story of my growth as an artist.