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 Martha’s father purchased on the rural New Mexico frontier and 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.
Inspired by the classic works of Sergio Leone, John Ford, and Clint Eastwood, Dead Man’s Burden is a western that takes place in post-Civil War New Mexico. The film is a vibrant, compelling story with unique emotional twists, set in America’s old western frontier. It incorporates many elements of traditional westerns, layered atop a complex, emotional story of a frontier family’s struggles. The movie was produced in the high desert of Northern New Mexico, and will appeal to fans of westerns and dramas alike.
Director Jared Moshé assembled an incredible team to help bring this vision to life. From production of award-winning independent films; to acting in critically acclaimed films and popular cable television series; to directing photography for major studios; to designing production for Hollywood veteran directors; our cast and crew have phenomenal industry experience.