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Bill Pullman, Peter Fonda star in director Jared Moshé’s western.

Some promising news for western fans: Director Jared Moshé, who directed the well-received Dead Man’s Burden (starring Clare Bowen of TV’s Nashville) back in 2012, is back in the saddle with another movie of special interest to C&I readers: The Ballad of Lefty Brown, a period drama set to have its world premiere this weekend at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

Bill Pullman — the Independence Day star who earned his spurs by directing and starring in the 2000 TV-movie remake of The Virginian — plays the title role, and he’s backed by a strong supporting cast: Kathy Baker (TV’s The Ranch), Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ), Tommy Flanagan (Sons of Anarchy), and Peter Fonda (The Hired Hand).

What’s it all about? According to the official plot synopsis:

“Lefty Brown is a 63-year-old sidekick. Loyal, crotchety, and rarely taken seriously, he’s ridden with western legend Eddie Johnson for his entire adult life. Now Johnson has been appointed Senator of Montana, and despite the objections of his spirited wife Laura, he plans to leave Lefty in charge of his ranch. But when a rustler kills Johnson, Lefty is forced from his partner’s shadow. Devastated by guilt, he sets out on a journey that will reunite him with old friends U.S. Marshal Tom Harrah and Gov. James Bierce as he confronts the ugly realities of frontier justice.”

The Ballad of Lefty Brown will have its first public screening at at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 11, at Austin’s Stateside Theatre. We’ll keep you posted on where it goes from there.