Sony Pictures Classics have just announced that they are acquiring the rights in North America, Australia and New Zealand to Vera Farmiga's directorial debut; Higher Ground. The Oscar-nominated Up in the Air actress also stars in the film as "Corrine" a woman in a fundamentalist community who is struggling with her faith. Farmiga stars alongside John Hawkes, Donna Murphy, and Joshua Leonard.
The screenplay was penned by Carolyn S. Briggs and Tim Metcalfe and is based on Briggs' memoir This Dark World: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost. Higher Ground was in US dramatic competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Farmiga states:
"The thing about the film that hitched me to directing it was it's tricky tone. I wanted to be the Pied Piper on this one. I wanted to make sure all the notes were being hit. It's not arrogance, but I honestly thought no one could direct it better. I was first attached to the project as an actress. As I became more and more involved in the development of the script, it took on my personality, it took on a bizarre and unique shape. It became a genre-defying film -- a coming-of-age story, a romance, a dark comedy, a tender account of female friendship and even a musical exploring the complex themes of faith and doubt. I wanted absolute, consummate, emphatic control over the attitude and nature of the story. I wanted the telling of it to come from a holy and well-intentioned place. I wanted to make a movie that doesn't judge or poke fun at religion, or its characters or the concepts, and also doesn't let anything slide."