U.S. Dramatic


2013, 105 minutes, color, U.S.A.

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.

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

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.


1/16/2014 6:00 pm
Eccles Theatre, Park City
1/17/2014 9:00 am
Eccles Theatre, Park City
1/17/2014 6:00 pm
Sundance Resort Screening Room, Sundance Resort
1/18/2014 12:30 pm
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, SLC
1/22/2014 11:30 am
The MARC, Park City
1/23/2014 11:30 pm
Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
1/25/2014 3:30 pm
Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden