A Teacher

Hannah Fidell‘s A Teacher didn’t get quite the acclaim or attention that Fruitvale Station or The Spectacular Now rdid at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, but it got some buzz nonetheless thanks to its scandalous premise, fine performances, and pared-down style. Now, it’s also getting a TV show.

Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, and Michael Costigan are set to executive produce an HBO drama based on Fidell’s film, with Fidell herself on board to write, executive produce, and possibly direct the pilot. Shameless (U.K.) showrunner Daniel Brocklehurst will also write and executive produce. Get more details on the series after the jump.

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Briefly: Your typical outdoor summer screening series is a cavalcade of well-known hits; there’ll be a Spielberg film, a musical or comedy classic or two, maybe Gone With the Wind or Lawrence of ArabiaCinemaEast, which kicks off its 2013 program in Austin this weekend, is appealingly different. The program features films like the documentary Cutie and the Boxer, a really tremendous film that was one of the best entries at Sundance this year, and Zero Charisma, the great geek culture entry from SXSW.

Screenings are cheap ($2-5, with a loose “pay what you want” scheme) and set for Sunday nights at the lovely French Legation Museum in East Austin. All will be preceded by a short film, and many will have filmmakers in attendance for Q&A sessions. The screenings are BYOB, and Austin360 notes that “food and drink are sold on premises by The Hot Dog King, Cool Haus, Juiceland and Cornucopia.”

The schedule is at cinemaeastaustin.com, and the fest has a new Twitter account, too.

A Teacher

Whenever news breaks that a female teacher has been caught sleeping with her male student, as happens every so often, reactions tend to run one of two ways: Either she’s the seductive villain preying on a poor innocent boy, or he’s the lucky kid who got to bang a hot older lady. To the people actually involved, though, it’s no doubt far more complicated.

Writer-director Hannah Fidell attempts to explore that murky area in between with A Teacher, an intimate character study that premiered as part of Sundance’s NEXT slate earlier this year. Lindsay Burdge plays lonely Diana, who falls into an affair with her teenage student Eric (Will Brittain). Though they’re well aware of the dangers, she can’t help herself from falling deeper into the situation. Hit the jump to watch the new teaser.

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