Though she's co-starred in a host of TV series and feature films, Vera Farmiga really burst on the scene with her role opposite George Clooney in 'Up in the Air.' Now the talented actress has made her directorial debut with 'Higher Ground,' a study of a woman's internal struggle with the primary love relationships in her life over two decades and her devotion to God and a small hippie church, based on 'This Dark World: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost,' by Carolyn S. Briggs. The film, starring Farmiga, John Hawkes, Donna Murphy and Joshua Leonard, debuted at Sundance 2011 and now has been picked up by Sony Classics for distribution in North America, Australia and New Zealand. [Deadline]

Another acquisition has just been announced: Magnolia Pictures bought North American rights to 'Magic Trip,' a feature documentary that takes a look back at the psychedelic 60s cross-country bus tour taken by Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters. 'Magic Trip' was co-directed and co-written by Alex Gibney ('Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room') and Allison Ellwood, who got access to raw footage of 16mm stock that Kesey and the Pranksters intended to turn into a documentary but never did. According to Deadline, the Film Foundation, History Films and UCLA Film Archives restored over 100 hours of footage. Ken Kesey and the 60s psychedelic movement was chronicled by Tom Wolfe in 'The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,' which Gus Van Sant has been developing into a movie.
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