Exclusive: Beautiful Trailer For Moody Western 'Dead Man's Burden,' Premiering At The L.A. Film Festival

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by Kevin Jagernauth
June 5, 2012 11:57 AM
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Disappointed that the History mini-series "Hatfields & McCoys" is already over? Well, if you happen to be in Los Angeles this month, you might want to make your way down to the L.A. Film Festival, where the impressive-looking western "Dead Man's Burden" will be making its world premiere.

We're happy to unveil the pretty gorgeous trailer for the directorial debut of Jared Moshé. The film features a roster of rising talent including Barlow Jacobs (Jeff Nichols' "Shotgun Stories), Clare Bowen (ABC's upcoming "Nashville"), and David Call (Lena Dunham's "Tiny Furniture") to tell the post-Civil War tale about a brother and sister whose relationship is tested when a mining company expresses an interest in buying their land. If Moshé's name isn't familiar, you've likely seen something he's produced, as he's been behind the celebrated documentaries "Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel," "Kurt Cobain About A Son" and "Beautiful Losers."

The camerawork in the film, which is already evidently quite strong, is by Robert Hauer, with production design by Ruth De Jong who has worked with Paul Thomas Anderson on "There Will Be Blood" and "The Master" as well as with Terrence Malick on "The Tree Of Life" and "To The Wonder." Not bad at all.

"Dead Man's Burden" will have its first screening on Saturday, June 16th at the Regal Cinemas LA Live 10 at 7 PM. Watch below.

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. 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 Moshe’s directorial debut.

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4 Comments

  • James | June 5, 2012 8:52 PMReply

    That looks really interesting and well executed...Can't wait.

  • bob | June 5, 2012 5:01 PMReply

    looks gorgeous! i can't wait to see it!

  • Ullar | June 5, 2012 1:36 PMReply

    Beautiful. I feel like it's rare to see an indie western. Can't wait to see it!

  • StephenM | June 5, 2012 1:35 PMReply

    Well, I'm a huge fan of westerns and I like indie films, so I'm interested, and it's certainly going to be pretty, but at the same time it seems a bit humorless and pretentious based on this trailer.

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