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New York, July 13, 2009: “Meskada,” an original feature penned by writer/director Josh Sternfeld (“Winter Solstice”) has wrapped production on location in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. The film marks the second collaboration for Aliquot Films, the recently formed New York City production and finance company, and Deerjen Films.
Both companies are behind the soon to be released Cannes favorite, Chelsea on the Rocks. Abel Ferrara’s documentary about New York’s legendary Chelsea Hotel. “Meskada” hosts a great group of promising new stars who have been swiftly making their mark in both independent and Hollywood features. The cast includes: Nick Stahl HBO’s “Carnival”, “Terminator Uprising”, Grace Gummer (Meryl Streep’s daughter), Rachel Nichols (“Star Trek,” “GI Joe”), Kellan Lutz (“Twilight”).
“Meskada” is a meticulously crafted murder mystery that tells the story of small-town detective Noah Cordin (Stahl) as he attempts to solve a home burglary, turned juvenile homicide, in the affluent town of Hilliard. The single clue in the case leads him towards Caswell, the downtrodden hometown of Cordin’s youth. As the case unfolds Cordin is forced to confront the people and places he’s left behind. Tensions between the two cities begin to escalate when the county board threatens to derail a much needed manufacturing plant in Caswell. Juggling a murder investigation, corporate sabotage and the shadows of his own past, Cordin struggles to put the pieces together before a shocking climax that shatters the truth for everyone involved.
Recently founded Aliquot Films is making its debut into feature film with “Meskada.” Aliquot Films was founded by New York based Internet impresario Jay Kubassek, Founder and CEO of CarbonCopyPRO, an Internet marketing firm boasting clients in 117 countries. The self-made Kubassek, himself a high school dropout and former muffler salesman, has diversified his already burgeoning umbrella of business with the launching of Aliquot Films.
The Aliquot mandate is for a yearly slate of features, with an emphasis on compelling character driven cinema thats is both edgy and audacious. DeerJen Films was founded by Jen Gatien. In addition to the eagerly awaited Abel Ferrara documentary Chelsea on the Rocks, DeerJen has also produced “Hounddog,” “Holy Rollers” and “Evolution of a Criminal.” “Meskada” other producers are Ron Stein, Michael Goodin and Shawn Rice.