Vera Farmiga to Reach HIGHER GROUND for Directorial Debut

     April 9, 2010

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Oscar-nominated actress Vera Farmiga will star in and make her directorial debut with the indie drama Higher GroundProduction Weekly tweets that the film is based on Carolyn Briggs’ memoir This Dark World.  The book follows Briggs’ twenty years as a Fundamentalist Chrisian and explores how she came to the faith and eventually had to leave it as the dogma she believed started to come apart as her marriage unraveled.

Filming is set to begin in New York City this June. Hit the jump for the full description of the book.  It sounds interesting and it could make a good flick.

this_dark_world_book_cover.jpgHere’s the official product description from Amazon:

A riveting memoir of one woman’s immersion into Fundamentalist faith and her decision, twenty years later, to leave it all behind.

Carolyn Briggs grew up with modest means in the Iowa heartland. Pregnant at seventeen, married a few months later, by the age of eighteen she found herself living in a trailer with no plans beyond having more babies-until she found Jesus. It began innocently enough-a few minutes lingering on the televangelist stations, a cursory look at the Bible-and soon she had wholly given herself over to a radical, apocalyptic New Testament church. Her daily life was permeated with a sense of the divine-she spent hours a day in prayer and Bible study, wore modest clothing, even braced herself for the Rapture every time she heard trumpet music over the supermarket loudspeaker. It was only when her marriage began to unravel that Carolyn dared to question the religious dogma she had embraced for all of her adult life to date.

Beautifully written and powerfully told, this memoir is a fascinating look at the nature of faith and the inspiring story of one woman’s struggle to find her place in the world.

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