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Stahl Points to Writer-director for ‘Meskada’ Success

22 Mar, 2011 By: Chris Tribbey

What makes the independent drama Meskada — out on DVD ($26.98) March 22 from Anchor Bay Entertainment — work so well is as much on writer-director Josh Sternfeld (Winter Solstice) as it is on the cast, according to actor Nick Stahl (Sin City, Terminator 3).

“If I ever directed something, it would have to be something I wrote,” said Stahl, who pointed to Sternfeld’s dual roles as part of the reason he took on the project. “You need to have that deep understanding of the material, and it was great to work with somebody who’s secure with having you as part of the film.”

The film follows Stahl’s detective character investigating a botched robbery that leaves a small child dead. Working with a new partner (Rachel Nichols of Star Trek), the detective has to overcome few leads, class warfare and desperate suspects to solve the crime.

“It’s a complex thriller that is not what it seems on the surface,” Stahl said. “It’s a true drama masked as a thriller, a murder mystery on top, but underneath it’s a heartbreaking story about class struggle.”

Besides singling out Sternfeld, Stahl pointed to the work of Nichols and fellow actor Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead,” The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day) as reasons film-lovers should give Meskada a try.

“We had a good time doing this movie,” Stahl said of Nichols. “She can really turn it on when she needs to. And I’m a big fan of Norman Reedus. He makes himself real familiar with his work.”

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