You Can Start Reaching For ‘Higher Ground’ This January

I have quite enjoyed the work of Oscar nominated actress Vera Farmiga and this past year she apparently tried her hand at directing her first feature film.  That film is Higher Ground, which makes its Blu-ray debut this coming January.  The film is based on a memoir that revolves around the story of an eighteen-year old girl who is married, pregnant, and living with a very radical church.  Given that this year has brought forth other films that revolve around radical church groups (Red State) and the strange life that is based around communes (Martha Marcy May Marlene), it seems like Higher Ground could complete my trifecta.  Regardless, I am curious to see how Farmiga’s talent in front of the camera matches up with her skills behind it and come this January, I will find out.

“Breaks crucial, sacred ground in American moviemaking.”

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

“A full, rich, completely engrossing experience.”

Roger Friedman, Showbiz411.com


Directed by and Starring Academy Award® Nominee Vera Farmiga

Debuts on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack on January 10, 2012

Culver City, CA (November 7, 2011)Higher Ground, directed by and starring Academy Award® nominee Vera Farmiga (2010 Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Up in the Air) will be released on a Blu-ray™/DVD Combo Pack on January 10, 2012 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. This Sony Pictures Classics film is based on the memoir This Dark World by Carolyn S. Briggs and was an official 2011 selection of the Sundance Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film also stars Academy Award® nominee John Hawkes (2011 Best Actor in a Supporting Role Winter’s Bone), Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project), Donna Murphy (Tangled) and Bill Irwin (Rachel Getting Married).  Higher Ground will be available for an SLP of $45.99 for the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack.  Special features will include a commentary with Director/actress Vera Farmiga, actor Joshua Leonard and producer Renn Hawkey, deleted scenes, a behind the scenes featurette and a Los Angeles Film Festival Q & A.


Pregnant, married and awkward at eighteen years old, Corrine Miller grows more and more interested in Jesus, eventually giving herself over to a radical New Testament church.  Amidst her community of self-described “Jesus Freaks,” Corrine’s daily life consists of hours of Bible study, alternative family practices and bracing for the oncoming Rapture.  It’s only when her marriage begins to unravel that Corrine dares to question the religious dogma she has embraced for her entire life.


  • Commentary with Vera Farmiga, Joshua Leonard and Renn Hawkey
  • “The Making of Higher Ground
  • Deleted Scenes
  • L.A. Film Festival Q & A

Higher Ground was directed by Vera Farmiga. Written by Carolyn S. Briggs and Tim Metcalfe.  Based on the memoir “This Dark World” by Carolyn S. Briggs.  Produced by Claude Dal Farra, Renn Hawkey, Carly Hugo, Matt Parker and Jon Rubinstein.  Starring Vera Farmiga, Joshua Leonard, Donna Murphy, John Hawkes, Bill Irwin, Dagmara Dominczyk and Norbert Leo Butz, The film has a running time of 109 minutes and is rated R for some language and sexual content.

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