Whiplash
    2013, 105 minutes, color, U.S.A., U.S. Dramatic
    U. S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic and Audience Award: U. S. Dramatic presented by Acura



    Andrew, a promising 19-year-old drummer at a cutthroat Manhattan music conservatory, has little interest in being just a musician. Haunted by his father’s failed writing career and plagued with the fear that mediocrity just might be genetic, Andrew dreams of greatness. Determined not to follow in his father’s footsteps, he practices daily until his hands literally bleed. The pressure of success ratchets into high gear when he is picked to join the school band led by the infamous Terence Fletcher, a brutally savage music instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential. Under Fletcher’s ruthless direction, Andrew begins to pursue perfection at any cost—even his humanity.

    Sprung from his 2013 Sundance Film Festival award-winning short film, Whiplash is the brilliantly realized feature that writer/director Damien Chazelle always intended to make. Driven by fierce, searing performances from Miles Teller as Andrew and J.K. Simmons as Terence Fletcher, Whiplash crescendos to a blistering climax that will rattle audiences long after the lights come up. - D.C.

    About the Director

    Damien Chazelle directed his first feature, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, while an undergraduate at Harvard University. It was named one of 2009’s best films by the New York Times, the Village Voice, Film Comment, and several other publications. Chazelle’s scripts “The Claim” and “Whiplash,” were included in the 2010 and 2012 Black Lists, and his short film, Whiplash, won a Short Film Jury Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

    Cast and Credits

    Director: Damien Chazelle

    Screenwriter: Damien Chazelle

    Producers: Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak

    Executive Producers: Jason Reitman, Jeanette Brill, Couper Samuelson, Gary Michael Walters

    Coproducer: Nicholas Britell

    Cinematographer: Sharone Meir

    Production Designer: Melanie Paizis-Jones

    Editor: Tom Cross

    Principal Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons

    Contact: Right of Way Films / (310) 288-3900