Respect teachers, ya'll.
Tony Kaye's directorial debut was the brilliant AMERICAN HISTORY X (1998). In post-production, there was some apparent conflict between the helmer and the studio, as multiple cuts were created before New Line settled for the third. Kaye tried unsuccessfully to have his name removed from the credits, going so far as to invoke the Alan Smithee psedonym that the Directors Guild of America uses on some cases. Afterward, Kaye attempted 'Humpty Dumpty' as an alternative. Sadly (for hilarity's sake), that option was also thrown out.
It all soon became a moot point as the film was released to critical acclaim, and an Oscar nomination for lead Edward Norton. Kaye's been mostly MIA since then; save for the still unreleased drama BLACK WATER TRANSIT which premiered at Cannes in 2009. Now however comes DETACHMENT: a film detailing the lives of several teachers--in particular, a substitute (Adrien Brody).
James Caan, Christina Hendricks, Lucy Liu, Marcia Gay Harden, Bryan Cranston, William Petersen, Blythe Danner, and Tim Blake Nelson join the Fun. Detachment premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, 2011; a US release is upcoming in February 2012.