EXCLUSIVE: The press and industry screening for the Sundance title A Teacher doesn’t start until later today, but already some stuff is happening with the picture. ICM Partners is handling the film, and the agency has just signed its director, Hannah Fidell and its star, Lindsay Burdge.
The pic tells the story of Diana (Burdge), a young attractive teacher at a suburban Texas high school, who is well-liked by her students and colleagues. Her life seems to be following the status quo, but in reality she’s having a secret affair with her student Eric. She confides in no one but him, reveling in the teenage terrain of sexting and backseat quickies. Even when the risk of discovery looms over their relationship, her investment in the fantasy remains stronger than reality. Unable to control herself, she heads down a reckless path of self-destruction. A Teacher is playing in the NEXT Section. Burdge, who appeared in the Joe Swanberg-directed All The Light In The Sky, is managed by Brillstein, as is Fidell.