THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER is a psychological thriller about a woman, named Lisa Spinelli, who lives a rather mundane life in Staten Island and teaches at a local kindergarten. She takes night classes in poetry and is a rather forgettable student. But she trudges forth, still enjoying the artistic pursuit, with a certain understanding of her mediocrity. One day she discovers that a boy in her class has a prodigious gift for poetry and, from that moment forward, does everything in her power to support and cultivate his talent—going to dangerous extremes to deliver his art to the world.

Director Sara Colangelo

Writer Sara Colangelo, Nadav Lapid

Cast Rosa Salazar, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gael García Bernal

Producers Maggie Gyllenhaal, Osnat Handelsman-Keren, Talia Kleinhendler, Celine Rattray, Celine Rattray

Production Credits Pie Films, Maven Pictures, Paper Chase Films, Manhattan Productions, Imagination Park Entertainment

Sara Colangelo

Sara Colangelo is a New York–based writer and director. She was invited to Sundance Institute's Writers and Directors Lab during the development of her first feature, Little Accidents. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was subsequently nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award for best first screenplay. The Kindergarten Teacher is Colangelo's second feature.