It’s official: the highly anticipated independent western film Dead Man’s Burden, written and directed by Jared Moshé, will world premiere at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival in June.
(from the film’s Synopsis)
The year is 1870, and a fragmented America still strains to pick up the pieces from a savage Civil War. Martha (exciting newcomer Clare Bowen) and her husband Heck (David Call, Tiny Furniture) are living on a homestead that Martha’s father purchased on the rural New Mexico frontier, and they struggle to make ends meet. When a mining company expresses interest in buying their land, Martha and Heck see their ticket to a better life.
Their hopeful plans are soon complicated when Martha’s oldest brother Wade (Barlow Jacobs, Shotgun Stories)—whom she had thought killed during the war —returns to the family homestead after learning of their father’s death. A defector to the Union Army, Wade soon discovers that Martha is hiding secrets of her own. As the two siblings become reacquainted, torn between a desire to reconcile with the only family they have left and their clashing convictions, tension and suspicion continue to mount. Filmed on location in the rugged high desert of northern New Mexico, Dead Man’s Burden, shot in the style of a classic western, marks Jared Moshé’s directorial debut.
Inspired by the classic works of Sergio Leone, John Ford, and Clint Eastwood, Dead Man’s Burden incorporates many elements of traditional westerns, layered atop a complex, emotional story of a frontier family’s struggles. The film explores the unhealed wounds created by the Civil War, and how that watershed moment in American history affected the decisions made by our predecessors — and the burdens that those decisions created.
Congratulations to award-winning independent filmmaker Jared Moshé, Writer and Director of Dead Man’s Burden, as well as the extremely experienced and talented cast and crew who came together to make this a possibility:
- Actors Barlow Jacobs, Clare Bowen, David Call, Joseph Lyle Taylor, Richard Riehle
- Producer Veronica Nickel
- Co-Producer Marcia Woske
- Executive Producers Jenny Chikes, Ruth Mutch, Nick Quested
- Director of Photography Rob Hauer
- Production Designer Ruth de Jong and Costume Designer Courtney Hoffman
- Casting Director Danielle Aufiero
- Editor Jeff Israel and Composer H. Scott Salinas
- …and a hell of a lot more amazing cast and crewmembers (IMDb page)!
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Much obliged, and YEE HAW!