Robert Frost Poem ‘HOME BURIAL’ Translated Into a Short Film

‘Spurred by the sight of the months-old grave, a husband and wife finally confront their child’s death, uncapping their long growing resentment toward, and blame of, one another.’

Actor, writer and filmmaker Jeff Newburg is taking on an ambitious task–to translate poet Robert Frost‘s emotionally intense and dramatic poem Home Burial into a film. If funds are successful*, would be a phenomenally brilliant artistic transition of Frost’s poem to the digital age where Transmedia projects are breathing new life into decades old print medium.

The goal is to raise $10,000 to make Newburg’s project a reality, and he’s not alone–Arcade Fire‘s (an indie rock band based in Montreal, Canada) Will Butler, will compose the music for the short film project. Butler hopes that the short film will bring Frost’s dramatic lyric to life:

“The music for the short film will hopefully evoke Robert Frost–formal but conversational; embedded in the early 20th century but still relevant,” said Butler in a statement. “Darker than you might expect–Bartók meets John Carpenter.”

Joining Newburg and Butler on the film project is Matt Litwillerdirector and producer based in Los Angeles. Litwiller began his career at Disney Studios. When an opportunity to work on a sci-fi and documentary film project, Litwiller quickly realized that filmmaking  is something he wants to do full-time. Combining talents William Trowbridge (Producer), Molly Burgess (Art Director), Travis LaBella (Dir. Of Photography), Ashlie Kodsy (Costume Designer) and Jac Reyno (Prod. Manager), Frost’s Home Burial is now in its conceptual phase–the only need missing are the funds to help bring Newburg’s film concept through to fruition.

Now for the $10,000 question:  Why should you help? Well, art in any form is an invaluable human experience. Art is not a luxury. It is of critical importance in a child’s development process. Visual arts strengthen critical thinking skills, is a safe form of creative expressionism, and art, in all it’s forms, is an important catalyst for cultural and historical understanding.

I understand that not everyone is in a position to give money to the Home Burial campaign. I want you to know that there are other ways to help be a part of the film: pass the word along by sharing the Indiegogo campaign because…

Art overall makes the world a better place.  

Feel free to read Frost’s HOME BURIAL found on the Poetry Foundation website. For more, please visit the HOME BURIAL project on FACEBOOK and follow on TWITTER. If you mention the project on Twitter, feel free to use the hashtag #HomeBurialThank you. 

*All of the monies raised will go towards equipment rentals, location fees, insurance, travel, costumes, production costs and festival fees.

Artwork and supplementary materials courtesy of © 2013 Jeff Newburg’s Home Burial film. All rights reserved.

Sandy Hoffman
My name is Sandy +AIDY Hoffman. I am the creative writer and film reviewer of the AIDY Reviews website.
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