Whiplash – American Film Institute
Whiplash Film Still - Miles Teller

WHIPLASH (2014) – AFI Movie Club

Directed by and Damien Chazelle and starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, WHIPLASH (2014) was recognized in the year of its release with an AFI AWARD, naming it among the most outstanding motion pictures of year. According to the official rationale, “WHIPLASH drums up a perfectly paced drama that crescendos with the question: ‘What is...

The AFI Interview: WHIPLASH Director Damien Chazelle

Damien Chazelle’s WHIPLASH is currently drumming up excitement among audiences nationwide, but its road to the big screen was not an easy one – requiring of its director a dedication that mirrors that of his protagonist, a young musician determined to be one of the jazz greats. In 2012, the screenplay was featured on the…

WHIPLASH Director Damien Chazelle Talks about the Creation of the Film

A young, aspiring jazz drummer tries to win over his intense and demanding teacher at all costs. It’s the plot of the critically acclaimed film WHIPLASH, which is also based on writer-director Damien Chazelle’s real-life experiences as a budding musician. At a recent Harold Lloyd Masters Seminar at the AFI Conservatory, Chazelle (seen here with Conservatory Dean…