Vera Farmiga directing HIGHER GROUND

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
April 9th, 2010

Vera Farmiga should be a hot commodity in Hollywood right now. She's coming off an Oscar nomination, which generally acts as a signal for a slew of work. Just look at Carey Mulligan. Well, it looks like Farmiga is looking to make the jump to directing. Production Weekly broke the news, via Twitter, that Vera Farmiga will be star in and direct HIGHER GROUND. What that means, as well as my thoughts, follows after the jump.

HIGHER GROUND is based on the memoir of Carolyn Briggs, This Dark World: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost. Her story is one of a woman who becomes an evangelical Christian in the 1970's. The caveat here is that she was also a member of the "hippie" movement. I'm curious how Vera Farmiga will interpret this story, both as a director and as an actress. This could quickly turn into a parodical story and not pay the story the reverence it might deserve.

Cinematical has a great synopsis on their post:

While in her late teens and living with her husband and new family in a Des Moines trailer park, she became enveloped in the Fountain of Joy church -- basically a born-again hippie contingent. Eventually that fountain offered something a whole lot different than joy, however, as she struggled with her church's anti-medicine stance, how they convinced her and her husband to live in poverty rather than leave the state for a good job, how fellow wives were expected her to nurse their young while babysitting. Ultimately, she found herself at odds with her faith and struggled to move on.

It seems as though many actors and actresses have a desire to move behind the camera. When I spoke to Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning at SXSW, both of them had aspirations of directing. The other interesting factor here, is that these two girls-- and Vera Farmiga-- are women. There's an astonishingly low amount of women that find directing work, which is a true shame. We should be encouraging diversity when it comes to creative decision making jobs. The differing views on life bring a variety of interpretations. I, for one, am excited to see more women behind the camera.

Source: Production Weekly

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  • georgeferris

    This is a great contest.

  • georgeferris

    This is a great contest.

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