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Directed by: Damien Chazelle
Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons
Last year, Whiplash won the Sundance Jury Prize for Best Short, but Chazelle always intended this ”Shine meets Full Metal Jacket” story about a drums prodigy and the intimidating music teacher who will either make or break him, as a full-length feature. The filmmaker played in his high school orchestra for a conductor who became the inspiration for Simmons’ terrifying mentor, and the feature delves deeper into the method behind the teacher’s madness. ”This was the most personal thing I’d ever written and I put it in a drawer for awhile,” says Chazelle. ”I was almost embarrassed to show it because it seemed like exposing a part of myself that I didn’t really want exposed.” —Jeff Labrecque
Image Credit: Daniel McFadden
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