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  • IN DEVELOPMENT: The Invested


    I'm excited to share our latest project that's in development, THE INVESTED.

    The story is centered around Catherine Murdoch - head of wealth management at MetroBank - must decide whether to follow her ambition or her conscience when a corrupt new CEO threatens her world and her values.

    Based on the play by Sharyn Rothstein, THE INVESTED is a taut, fast-paced thriller, centered around the machinations of a Wall Street bank at the precipice of the financial crisis of 2008. The film tells the story of Catherine Murdoch, head of wealth management at MetroBank, where she was just passed over for CEO. When the corruption brought forth by the new CEO threatens her world and her values, Catherine must decide where her alliances will lie - does she follow her ambition or does she follow her conscience?
    An attention-grabbing drama about greed, ethics, loyalty, and corruption inside one of the largest and most powerful banks in the world, THE INVESTED shows the rivalries, betrayals, and alliances that could bring the world to the brink of economic disaster.


    “In times of crisis, always blame the one who isn’t in the room.”

    Having directed the original play, on which our film is based, Emmy award-winner Ron Canada speaks to the significance of our story:

    “Thousands of words have been written about and spoken in explication of the near collapse of the world financial system in 2008. Films such as the documentary ‘Inside Job’ and theatrical ‘Too Big To Fail’ have attempted to familiarize us with the names and faces of those who played major roles, both in fomenting the crisis, and sparing us (for the moment) from its most dire potential consequences. It would be difficult for [anything] to match what these books, magazine articles and films have done to deepen our understanding of the factual record . . . THE INVESTED is something different.

    [THE INVESTED uses] the rough outlines and textures of Wall Street’s flirtation with economic disaster to speculate on the notions of human conduct, the conduct that lies at the heart of nearly every man-made disaster. On the upper two floors of [the] fictional MetroBank (an institution that exists in the alternate universe where Goldman Sachs does not, or is only number two) we see all the elements of human conflict: alliance, greed, rivalry, sexual manipulation, betrayal, conspiracy and most importantly clashing ethics. The principle characters as in all good drama struggle mightily to balance inner desires, exterior circumstances and moral dilemma. [There are] no simple minded “white hats” and “black hats”, but sharp slashing portraits of complex human beings wearing the shaded headgear of compromised principle.[The] characters are fictional, but the issues driving them are all too real."

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    The latest film by Sternman Productions Child Of Grace starring Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Ted Levine and Thomas Hildreth will hit the film festival circuit in 2015 while a distribution deal to combine a limited theatrical release with a major TV presentation and a marketing campaign to reach out to both the faith-based and veterans communities throughout the United States is underway. Stay posted on news for Child Of Grace.

    Also in development at Sternman Productions NY is the new play Dinosaurs by LA playwright and actor Dominic Hoffman. We will hold our first private staged reading of the play for investors and producers in January with an expected NY production in 2015. Dinosaurs is a farcical , smart comedic peek at the effects of massive wealth on casual dating and the struggle with commitment and the prospect of marriage, a fun 1hr 15 min sans intermission four character romp.

    Sternman Productions is also in development for the screen adaptation of Sharyn Rothstein's play The Invested to be produced with Madeline Austin also behind the the theatrical NY run in 2009.

    And finally, Sternman is developing a screen adaptation of the horror thriller set in Portland Maine, The Cutting by Portland writer James Hayman. The Cutting will be filmed entirely in Portland Maine and the surrounding community.

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