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God’s Country (2022)

Opens on September 16

Director: Julian Higgins Run Time: 102 min. Release Year: 2022

Starring: Jefferson White, Jeremy Bobb, Kai Lennox, Tanaya Beatty, Thandiwe Newton

Country: United States
Language: English

About the film:

World Premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

When a college professor in the remote mountains of the American West confronts two hunters she catches trespassing on her property, she’s drawn into an escalating battle of wills with catastrophic consequences.  God’s Country (2022) is based on the short story “Winter Light” by mystery author James Lee Burke.

“Julian Higgins’ auspicious feature debut employs genre violence to make social revolution explosively real.”

—Peter Hollow for Toronto Star

About the filmmaker:

Julian Higgins is a Los Angeles-based director, writer, and producer. His first feature, God’s Country (2022) – a neo-Western thriller starring Thandiwe Newton – premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Higgins’ short films screened at over a hundred festivals around the globe and won dozens of prizes, including the gold medal Student Academy Award, two Student Emmy Awards, and the grand prize of Ron Howard’s “Project Imagination” Contest. His 2015 short, Winter Light, was a top ten finalist for the Academy Award. He made his television directing debut at the age of 26 with one of the final episodes of House, and more recently executive produced and directed Seasons 2 & 3 of the anthology drama series Guidance.

A New Hampshire native, Julian holds a BFA in Film from Emerson College and an MFA in Directing from the American Film Institute. He teaches directing at both institutions, as well as offering his “Business of Directing” course as an independent online workshop. Julian is currently Advisor-in-Residence at Sundance Collab.

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