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An inner-city teacher struggling with addiction forms an unlikely bond with a young student who catches him in a compromising position in director [[Performer~P389873~Ryan Fleck~ryanfleck]]'s feature-length adaptation of his own award-winning short film [[Feature~V302302~Gowanus, Brooklyn~gowanusbrooklyn]]. Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne ([[Performer~P279096~Ryan Gosling~ryangosling]]) leads a secret life that the majority of his students will never know. When Dunne's drug-soaked nightlife begins to bleed over into his daytime hours and troubled student Drey ([[Performer~P455429~Shareeka Epps~shareekaepps]]) makes a startling discovery, the tenuous bond that forms between the pair soon leads to a warm friendship that could either lead them down a dangerous path or provide the human companionship needed to see things from a fresh perspective and start life anew. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:August 11, 2006

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Anna Boden Best First Screenplay 2006 Nominee
New York Film Critics Society Ryan Fleck Best First Film 2006 Winner
Boston Society of Film Critics Ryan Fleck Best New Filmmaker 2006 Winner
Online Film Critics Association Ryan Fleck Breakthrough Filmmaker 2006 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Ryan Fleck Best Director 2006 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Ryan Fleck Best First Screenplay 2006 Nominee
New York Film Critics Society Ryan Gosling Best Actor - Runner-up 2006 Winner
Boston Society of Film Critics Ryan Gosling Best Actor - Runner-up 2006 Winner
National Board of Review Ryan Gosling Breakthrough Performance by an Actor 2006 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Ryan Gosling Best Actor 2006 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Ryan Gosling Best Actor 2006 Nominee
Online Film Critics Association Ryan Gosling Best Actor 2006 Nominee
Satellite Awards Ryan Gosling Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2006 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Ryan Gosling Best Actor 2006 Nominee
National Society of Film Critics Ryan Gosling Best Actor 2006 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ryan Gosling Best Actor 2006 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Ryan Gosling Best Actor 2006 Nominee
Toronto Film Critics Association Ryan Gosling Best Actor 2006 Nominee
New York Film Critics Society Shareeka Epps Best Supporting Actress (Runner-up) 2006 Winner
Boston Society of Film Critics Shareeka Epps Best Supporting Actress 2006 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Shareeka Epps Best Actress 2006 Winner
Online Film Critics Association Shareeka Epps Breakthrough Performer 2006 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Shareeka Epps Best Young Actress 2006 Nominee
Black Reel Awards Shareeka Epps Best Breakthrough Performance 2006 Nominee
Black Reel Awards Shareeka Epps Best Supporting Actress 2006 Nominee
National Society of Film Critics Shareeka Epps Best Supporting Actress 2006 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Shareeka Epps Most Promising Performer 2006 Nominee

Crew

Ryan Fleck
Director
Ryan Fleck
Producer
Anna Boden
Producer
Jamie Patricof
Producer
Rosanne Korenberg
Producer
Lynette Howell
Producer
Alex Orlovsky
Producer
Anna Boden
Screenwriter
Ryan Fleck
Screenwriter
Andrij Parekh
Cinematographer
Doug Bernheim
Musical Direction/Supervision
Anna Boden
Editor
Beth Mickle
Production Designer
Beth Mickle
Art Director
Jeremy Kipp Walker
Co-producer
Hunter Gray
Associate Producer
Clara Markowicz
Executive Producer
Paul S. Mezey
Executive Producer
Scott London
Executive Producer
Charlie Corwin
Executive Producer
Doug Dey
Executive Producer
Inbal Weinberg
Set Decorator
Erin Benach
Costume Designer
Tom Efinger
Sound/Sound Designer
Mariela Comitini
First Assistant Director
Eyde Belasco
Casting
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