Vera Farmiga Finds the Director’s Chair on ‘Higher Ground’

Vera Farmiga

It looks like one of 2009’s biggest success stories is getting ready to start the next phase of her career. According to a report from Production Weekly (via Cinematical), Vera Farmiga is throwing her hat into the director’s ring. Farmiga is said to be taking on the indie flick Higher Ground, which is an adaptation of Carolyn Briggs’ memoir “This Dark World: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost” about one woman’s journey to becoming a born-again Christian.

The story revolves around Briggs who, married and with child by the age of seventeen, found herself living in a trailer with no plans for the future.  What started as lingering over televangelist stations and the occasional glance at the Bible turned into her giving herself over to a radical religious group some saw as a cult, but she saw as a loving, supportive, and enveloping community (for a while anyway).

I have to confess I haven’t read the book, but from the sounds of it, it’s a pretty intriguing look at how a perfectly intelligent person can become drawn into a fundamentalist way of life – and what happens when their faith starts to dissipate.

Vera Farmiga will direct and star in the indie film that’s said to begin shooting in Upstate NY this June. Farmiga has proven herself as an actress to be reckoned with and it’ll be interesting to see what she does in the director’s chair. I for one have complete faith.

Lauren Flanagan is a freelance film and entertainment writer based in Toronto. She writes for several online and print publications and hopes to one day prove to her parents that sitting around watching movies is in fact doing something with your life. She enjoys gangster movies, long walks on the beach, and getting the upper hand. In her spare time she drives around in a van solving mysteries.

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