“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.
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. Inspired by Carolyn S. Briggs’ memoir, “This Dark World” , the film tells the story of a thoughtful woman’s struggles with belief, love and trust. A woman who learns that no matter how many times she loses her footing, she has within herself all that’s necessary to get to a higher place.
BD/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:
Commentary with Vera Farmiga, Joshua Leonard
and Renn Hawkey
“The Making of Higher Ground”
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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