Previewing 'The English Teacher'

We all have that one teacher we remember, the one who inspired us, who gave us hope that we could indeed achieve our aspirations. In the latest KCET Cinema Series selection, that teacher is Linda Sinclair of Kingston, PA., the heroine of the indie dramedy "The English Teacher."

"THE ENGLISH TEACHER" Screening Info:

Guests:

  • Director Craig Zisk
    Screenwriter Dan Chariton
    Screenwriter Stacy Chariton

Date/Time:

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2013
    7:00 PM

Location:

  • Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
    Leonard H. Goldenson Theater
    5220 Lankershim Blvd.
    North Hollywood, CA. 91601

A $21 donation gets you in at the door. Please call (747) 201-5800 for reservations.

Julianne Moore stars as said heroine, a single, middle-aged English teacher who enjoys a quiet, uneventful life when it's suddenly turned on its head with the arrival of her former student, the once-promising Jason Sherwood (Michael Angarano). Jason's failed attempt to make it in New York as a playwright have him demoralized and considering succumbing to his domineering father's (Greg Kinnear) wishes to attend law school instead. Unable to bear the thought of Jason giving up on his dreams, Linda elicits the help of the school's quirky drama teacher (Nathan Lane) to mount Jason's ambitious and angst-ridden play as the high school's latest theater production. Things only spiral from there as Linda's risks in life and love prove to have some hilariously comic consequences. Also starring Lily Collins and Jessica Hecht, "The English Teacher" is out in theaters on May 17th.

After our screening, director Craig Zisk ("The Big C," "Weeds," "United States of Tara") and screenwriters Dan and Stacy Chariton join us for a Q&A with guest host and industry insider Madelyn Hammond!

Want to win a FREE pair of passes to the screening? Leave a comment below answering the following trivia question correctly for your chance: Julianne Moore is among an elite few to have been nominated for an Oscar as both lead and supporting actor in the same year (2003). Name the two films for which she was nominated that year. [Winner chosen at random among correct answers; contest ends April 15th at 5:00 PM]

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Our answer to the trivia question for this week's movie at the KCET Cinema Series is:

The two movies are: Far From Heaven and The Hours.

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