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SPOTLIGHT

THE ENGLISH TEACHER

Directed by Craig Zisk
FEATURE NARRATIVE 93 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE THE ENGLISH TEACHER
Julianne Moore stars as small-town Pennsylvania schoolteacher Linda Sinclair, who balances her staid home life with an incredible passion for her subject. Then a former star pupil reenters her life after failing as a playwright in New York City. Seeing in his script the inspiration that she has always longed to instill in her students, this dyed-in-the-wool romantic enlists the help of long-suffering drama teacher Carl—played with scene-stealing gusto by Nathan Lane—to mount the work as the high school’s next and riskiest production. In so doing, they make promises and decisions that they can never take back.

Go-to television director Craig Zisk, whose credits include Scrubs, Alias, Weeds and United States of Tara, takes a turn on the big screen with this insightful comedy about self-discovery co-starring Greg Kinnear as the unsupportive father and up-and-comer Lily Collins as the high school drama club’s brightest star. Beginning with stylized narration and humorous flashbacks, The English Teacher develops an emotionally charged narrative about life’s misdirections and roadblocks, before Zisk gives a suitably literary nod the happy surprises that will, nevertheless, come your way.

—Arthur Ryel-Lindsey
Drama, Comedy
About the Director(s)
CRAIG ZISK has executive produced and directed more than fifty television series, including Nurse Jackie, The Office and Parks and Recreation. Zisk won a Golden Globe for Brooklyn Bridge and earned multiple Emmy nominations for The Larry Sanders Show and Weeds, including Best Directing for a Comedy. The English Teacher is his feature debut.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Spotlight
  • Year:
    2012
  • Length:
    93 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Craig Zisk
  • Screenwriter:
    Dan Chariton, Stacy Chariton
  • Producer:
    Matthew Chausse, Naomi Despres, Ben LeClair, Robert Salerno
  • Editor:
    Myron I. Kernstein
  • Cinematographer:
    Vanja Cernjul
  • Executive Producer:
    Michael Bederman, Ron Curtis, Adi Ezroni, Aaron Gilbert, John Santilli, Mandy Tagger
  • Cast:
    Julianne Moore, Michael Angarano, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins, Nathan Lane
  • Producers:
    Naomi Despres, Robert Salerno, Ben Leclair, Matthew Chausse
  • Executive Producers:
    Michael Bederman, Ron Curtis, Adi Ezroni, Aaron Gilbert, John Santilli, Mandy Tagger
  • Producers:
    Matthew Chausse, Naomi Despres, Ben LeClair, Robert Salerno
  • Screenwriters:
    Dan Chariton, Stacy Chariton
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