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    THE TEACHER
    A Film by Jeremy Engle
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    Re-writing the high-school movie
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    Starring real New York high-school teens
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    THE TEACHER
    Shooting in Summer of 2013

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Meet the Cast

A look at the cast in rehearsals and behind the scenes. Click on each YouTube icon to see each cast members aswesome YouTube video profile..
Amaru

Amaru

I was born in Queens, raised in Brooklyn, and currently live in New Jersey. I’m a teen actor and musician. My acting experience includes an NBC Dateline show and Ben Affleck’s Academy Award winning film “Argo”. Acting gives me the opportunity to become another person. Some people don’t know this about me but I like to rap.

Hip Hop/Rap is my favorite type of music and my favorite artists include Meek Mill, Tyga, and ASAP Rocky. I play basketball and am a New York Knicks supporter. Boxing is another sport that I participate in.

Shayla

Shayla

My name is Shayla and I am 16 years old. I attend Frank Sinatra School of the Arts where I major in drama. I’m from Astoria, Queens and I’m half black and half Albanian. Acting is a passion for me, I’m given the opportunity to be someone with a completely different background, problems and overall story.


Ever since my father brought me to the movie set of a family friend when I was five, I knew this was what I wanted to do. I’m always looking forward to meeting new people that love doing what I do.

Victoria

Victoria

At age five, I wanted to become a surgeon. This was short-lived when I almost fainted at the sight of blood… from a paper cut on my pinkie. Since then, my lifelong dream has been to become an actress. I’ve worked in numerous productions and played roles that I have been proud of.I’m also proud of the best actress award I won from the New York City Film Academy.

I can be found dancing randomly at any place. My grandmother’s kitchen is where I perform most, but that will soon change. If I'm not performing, I’m in the corner seat of a subway train reading a big book.

Liam

Liam

I’m a city kid whose heart is in the country. I’m happier at my country house in upstate NY where you can find me shredding the slopes on my snowboard in the winter. And in the summer, you can find me hiking in the woods, swimming in the lake, riding a horse or dirt bike. I have two dogs, two cats, and a big, fat bunny. Stray animals find their way to me.

This past summer a stray pony found its way to my front yard. On Monday night you can find me watching WWE Raw and WWE Smackdown on Friday. Nothing is dearer to me than my friends and family along with my hobbies and passions.

India

India

I was born in New York City and have lived in Indonesia and Rhode Island. My love for the theatercame from my mother who is a playwright. When I was younger you could find me wandering in and out of theaters, watching read-throughs, and talking to actors backstage. I’m also passionate about dance and music.

I play viola, electric bass and I’m teaching myself guitar. My main dance discipline is ballet and modern but I’ve also dabbled in Latin jazz, flamenco, and character. I love going on adventures, getting lost, learning more about the world, dancing, making art, and laughing.

Malakot

Malakot

I’m a Chicago native who moved to New York City when I was just two-years old. My friends and family know me for my wit and sharp tongue while others know me as “just another hood teenager”. I love to act in films. I believe that if you work hard, success will come. So far I have worked on several film and TV projects including a popular show on VH1.

I currently attend Brooklyn High School of the Arts in the drama program. Other interests of mine include fencing, producing music with my friends, making clothes and collecting clothes.

Alexis

Alexis

My name is Alexis. I’m from New Jersey and I am currently a freshman in the MCVYS School of the Arts program for theatre. I’ve been acting since the age of nine and hope to pursue a career in acting. I’m receiving training in the arts under Maria Aladren. I’ve also received training in movement of all styles at Verne Fowler School of Dance under various teachers.

I’ve also worked with Cleo Mack in the movement style of Modern. When I’m not performing, I’m learning about the technical aspects of putting on a show. In my spare time I enjoy writing.

Kavon

Kavon

I’m from the Bronx, NY. My family is large including up to 8 brothers with oddities including our own “slang words”. My closest pals find me funny, creative, trustworthy, independent, and thankful. Much to my annoyance, people occasionally misread my behavior as sarcastic or even facetious.

My desire is to become a visual artist of some sort and a creative writer. I feel that film will broaden my horizons. I enjoy, procuring laughter, drawing, reading, rowing, languages, martial arts, and visiting the story world of my novel-in-progress.

Ayla

Ayla

My career in entertainment started when I was cast in a professional musical production of A Christmas Carol at age seven. Since then I have worked on independent films and TV shows including the Interactive Discovery Channel and ABC. I also had an amazing experience playing the part of a dead doll with an awful latex mask at an interactive art exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum.

Although singing and dancing are my main passions, I play the piano and have recently begun my own photography business. I want to have a life worth writing about. If I wasn’t going to be an actress I think I would like to become a henna tattoo artist and learn the art of sushi.

Yuri

Yuri

My name is Yuri and I’m a 16-year-old sophomore. I started learning to play the cello when I was five years old at the School for Strings and I have been studying there ever since.

This past year I performed solo cello at two different fundraising benefits including VIDA international adoption agency and the Downtown Community Center.

In my spare time I enjoy visual arts such as photography and drawing. I also enjoy exploring New York City as there is always something new to discover.

John

John

I’m a Queens, New Yorker who enjoys writing whether I create stories, lyrics, poems or just expressing my thoughts. I’ve been creating poetry and singing since I was seven. My main goal in life is to become a famous entertainer so I can repay my family for all they have done. Ask anyone that knows me and they will tell you the same, I love the spotlight. I first discovered my acting skills in 7th grade and am hoping to go further into the film industry. I am a three-time winner of the Flowetry (flow +poetry) Competition in Queens, NY. One of my biggest accomplishments was getting my poems into The American Library of Poetry book. I’m creative, outgoing, and nice to be around once you get to know me.

Joanna

Joanna

My name is Joanna and I am 18 years old. I love acting because I love being the center of attention. I also love playing different characters as if I went through the same situations they had gone through. I’d say I’m a little cuckoo but in a good way. You never know just what to expect with me. My biggest life experience was getting locked up for a while. There’s nothing better than your freedom.

I took it for granted and now I am working hard for what I really want in life. Other than acting, I’d like to be a famous boxer. Everyone says that I’m funny and that I need to be a comedian. Even my teachers cant help but laugh with me.

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 A look at the cast in rehearsals.

Meet the Team

Meet the people behind the scenes...

Jeremy Engle

Jeremy Engle
Writer & Director

Jeremy Engle was a classroom teacher and educator for over 15 years; and taught documentary-making workshops to students and teachers across the country.

He recently wrote and directed a short film Mosquito” , about young kids growing up in NYC in the ‘70’s. NY Press called it a “spot-on depiction of NYC in the 1970’s” and championed Engle as a “great new voice in directing.”
Mosquito screened in festivals throughout the world – including Edinburgh, Oberhausen, Gijon and Seoul – won the “Spirit of Slamdance” Award” and is included in writer Dave Eggers’ DVD Magazine Wholphin.

Engle was selected as one of 20 filmmakers to participate in the Independent Filmmaker Project’s 2011 “Emerging Narrative” program. His experience as a teacher and filmmaker make him uniquely qualified to create an ensemble piece about the current public school experience.

Tarisai Gombe

Tarisai Gombe
Producer

Tarisai Gombe is a writer, director and producer. She has a Graduate degree in Communications from Ithaca College and  is pursuing a Masters degree in Film & Media Management at the New School in New York City – with a focus on emerging new-media distribution platforms. 

In between her academic pursuits, she gained valuable experience as an Assistant Producer and Production Coordinator on numerous TV and film sets, working for such companies as “Summit Entertainment”, “Reilly Worldwide” and “Left Right Productions.” Additionally, she worked in Development for Russell Simmons’ production company “Simmons Lathan”

Tarisai has a passion for film and storytelling. In particular, stories often ignored or misunderstood. She sees film as a way to challenge assumptions as well as an opportunity to express deep and powerful truths – particularly for those without traditional access to power and mass communication. Tarisai was born and raised in Zimbabwe, and plans to return and start a film school there.

The Donor Wall

We would love to say thank you to everyone who supported our project

A Special Thank You to... 



David Weinberg & Michele Smith

Deborah Gunther

Deborah Meier

 

Evan J. Segal

Homayoun Aminmadani

Jonathan Engle

 

 

Margaret Sundell

Sissy Weinberg

Stephen Immerwahr

 

 

Therese McNicholas

Thomas Johnson

Troy Robbin Hailparn

And We'd Like To Thank...      

Sayeeda Clarke
Aaron Soffin
Abby Moser
Abigail Chapman
Adam Friedman
Adam Gunther
Adrienne Weiss
Albert
Albert Lynn
Alea Orr
Alek Krichilsky
Alex
Alex Lupafya
Alex Mallis
Alexandra Byer
Alexis Morton
Alexis Neider
Alia Tyner
Alisha Epps
Alison Bagg
Alusine Turay
Alyssa Melnick
Amy Bench
Amy Kent
Amy Masters
Amy Melnick
Andrea Mparadzi
Angela Sarita
Anna Kathleen
Anna Thysell
Anne Trubek
Annie Berman
Anslem Richardson
Anya Lepp
Ashley Brockman
Barbara de Souza
Barbara Frailey
Barbara J. Davy
Barbara Segal
Barbara Weinberg
Beatrice Bleier
Begonia Colomar
Ben Kahn
Beryl Foster- Andres
Beth Paugh
Bettina Schneider
Bianca Bob
Bill Tally
Bob Coen
Branden Tobin
Bret Eynon
Brittany Ann Zayas
Caitlin
Caleb Weinberg
Candace Sherine W
Carlos Pareja
Carmela Marner
Carol Hendry
Carol Rusoff
Casey Cordon
Catherine Gund
Cedric Howe
Chad Gardella
Chicago Edit
Chipo Nziramasanga
Chris Casey
Chris Newberry
Christina Jenkins
Christine L. Mendoza
Christopher Boone
Christopher Roy Poindexter
Christopher Schiefer
Chuks
Cindy Concepcion
Cold Hard Look
Colin Proctor
Connie Kilday
Constance Nutt
Cristina Trowbridge
Da Smoosh
Dan Zoll
Dana Hollander
Daniella Jaeger
David Dario Winner
David Edwards
David Loitz
David Moscow
David Murdock
David Petrolle
David Schaye
David Steiner
Dawn Palmieri
Debbie Alcorn
Debbie Milner

 

Deborah McLaughlin
Desiree Akhavan
Devon Glover
Dolly Meieran
Don Miller
Don Pollard
Donnie Brock P.I.
Donovan Corrick
Doreen Mashu
Douglas Mulitsch
Dustin Grella
E Maria Shelton Speller
Ed David
Edward Osterman
Eileen King
Eleonore Hamelin
Ellen Ziegler
Ellie Lotan
Emily Blake
Enrique
Eric Freeman
Ernest
Ernest Danjuma Carter
Ethan Goldwater
Evelyne and Gabriela Tollman
Evan J. Segal
Ezra Peace
Flavio Alves
Flonia Telegrafi
Fred Wambolt
Gabe Brownstein
Gabrielle Lee
Gail Miller
Garrett Babij
Gemma Yamamoto
Geoff Baker
Geoff Hoover
George Su
Georgia Feldman
Gillian Glasco
Gino Fortebuono
Grace Chang
Greg Hochmuth
Gretchen Baudenbacher
Harriet Soares
Hassan Karimi
Heather Allen Pang
Heather Kelley
Helen Nunez
Herman Hong
Hoge Day
Hyunyup Lee
Ian Chorao & Sylvia Sicehl
Ilene
Ilia Edwards-Novelo
Ira Sachs
Isa R. Irvin
Iva Rad
Ivana Espinet
Jacob Margolies
Jacob Segal
Jacob Sussman
Jacquelin Kataneksza
Jaime R. Wood
James Chorao
James Mutamba
Jamil Munoz
Jane Andrias
Jason Ho
Jason Nash
Jay
Jeff DeCola & Matt Rabinowitz
Jeff Feuerzeig
Jeff LaRoche
Jeff Sterrenberg
Jefferey Helfgott
Jekeso Nembaware
Jen Meagher
Jennifer Freed
Jennifer Trone
Jennifer Wegner
Jenny Montasir
Jeremy Levine
Jesse Lainer-Vos
Jessica Grosse
Jessica Hope
Jhoneen Preece-Doswell
Jimmy Xander
Joanna Cabello
Jodi Chen Gramigni
Joe Marine
Johanna Franzel
John B Kruger
John Koch

 

John Parris
Jonathan Lisecki
Jonathon Arntson
Jordan Tamagni
Jose Alfaro
Joseph A Smith
Joseph H. Lessem
Joseph Smith
Joseph Walter
Joshua Blum
Joylynn Holder
Judith Foster
Judith Rubenstein
Jules Suo
Julia
Julia
Julie Criniere
Justin Schwarz
Karma Hallmark
Kat Hunt
Katharina Dietl
Katherine Gunther
Kathy Gatto
Katie Lyford
Katina Paron
Katya Hott
Kay Chorao
Keith Miller
Kendra
Kim Shelton
Kris Grymonpre
Kristen Rayner
Kristopher Burrell
Kurt Pitzer
Kyle Walsh
Lalou Dammond
Landon Van Soest
Laura Goodman
Laura Klein
Laura Larson
Laurie Engle
Lawrence O'Connell
Lawrence Profeta
Leslie Ferguson
Leslie Guttman
Lexi Mitchell
Lillian
Lily Frances Henderson
Linda Witte
Lisa Addario
Lisa Miller
Lori Chajet
Luisa Conlon
Lynda Marin
Maia Starcevic
Malia Norman
Mandy Chan
Mansah
Mara Gross
Marcia Brown
Marcie Wolfe
Mardi Tuminaro
Maria McClellan
Marian Mogulescu
Mariem
Marilla Li
Marina
Mark Berman
Masimba Tafirenyika
Matthew Soares
Maya Zabar
Mehla Goodrich
Melissa Nicolardi
Meredith
Mia Lolordo Kelly
Micha Bruce-Davis
Micah Van Hove
Michael Cain
Michael Cain
Michael Emmanuel Audu
Michael Hehl
Miriam Fogelson
Miriam Haiman
Mirko Rucnov
Mitch Bleier
Mojisọla Shabi
Monica Cecil
Munashe Shumba
Nadia Natali
Nancy Mann
Nat
Nate Jones
Nathalie
Nathan Fitch
Nathan Kensinger

 

Neil Reese
Neive
Nellie Engle
Nikki Hudson
Noah Chasin
Noam Dworman
Noam Osband
Noelia Saavedra
Padmini Narumanchi
Pam Sporn
Pamela Shifman
Pamela Yates
Pascale
Paul Kelly
Paul Trillo
Perry Chen
Peter H. Judd
Peter Kinoy
Peter Steinberg
Phyllis Johnson
Priscilla Gurupira
Quirijn Altena
Rachel Gibson Shepherd
Rachel Schiller
Rachelle Cohen
Rashida
Rebecca
Reel Works Teen Filmmaking
ReelClever.com
Rendy Freedman
Ricardo Gonzalez
Richard Amari
Richard Miller
Rick Lombardo
Riley Hooper
Rob Guttman
Robert LaRue
Robert Lillienstein
Robin
Robin Hendrickson
Ron Trone
Rosalie Liebman
Roxanne Wilderman
Russell Sharman
Ryan Koo
Saadia Mather
Sahara Reporters
Samuel
Sandra DeLuca
Santiago Taveras
Sara Keenan
Sarah Belin-Zerbib
Sarah Caplan
Sarah Teitler
Sarah Welker
Sarah Wilkinson
Savannah Ashour
Schmidt
Sebene
Shan Nicholson
Shanan Estreicher
Sheila Aminmadani
Shelley M Garza
Shepherd Raimi
Shingira Masanzu
Shira
Shirley M. Hawkinson
Shruti
Shula Ponet
Stavit Allweis
Stephen Gunther
Stephen Hendrickson
Steve Goodman
Susan Kent
Susannah Ludwig
Suzanne Carothers
Taa Wongbe
Taeko Onishi
Thomas M Bryan, Director KCAT TV 15
Tieg Zaharia
Tim Sutton
Tom Scherschel
Torbitt Schwartz
Torrance York
Tory
Valerie Hammond
Venkatramani Balaji
Walter Einenkel
Watermelon Harvest
Wenzel-Ambrosino Family
Will Dennison
William Horberg
William Katz
Yeve C
Yoonsmith
Zach & Autumn Soares
Zhulin
Zim Juggernaut
Zoe Luhtala


 

 




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