Higher Ground

Directed by:

Vera Farmiga

Produced by:

BCDF Pictures (Peace, Love & Misunderstanding)


Vera Farmiga (Source Code, Up in The Air), Joshua Leonard (Humpday, Shark Night 3D, The Blair Witch Project) and John Hawkes (Contagion, Winter’s Bone, Lincoln)

Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut, Higher Ground, depicts the landscape of a tight-knit spiritual community thrown off-kilter when one of their own begins to question her faith. Pregnant, married, and awkward at eighteen years old, Corinne Briggs (FARMIGA) grows more and more interested in Jesus, eventually giving herself over to the radical New Testament Church. Amidst her community of self-described “Jesus Freaks,” Corinne’s daily life consists of hours of Bible study, alternative family practices and preparing for Judgment Day. It’s only when her marriage begins to unravel that Corinne questions the religious dogma she has embraced her entire adult life. Inspired by screenwriter Carolyn S. Briggs’ memoir This Dark World, the film tells the story of a thoughtful woman’s struggles with belief, love, and trust – both in human relationships as well as in God.