Century Cinema, Corte Madera Tue, Oct 7, 2014 7:00 PM
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Metallica: MVFF Artists in Residence
Running Time:106
Director:Damien Chazelle
Producer:Jason Blum
Helen Estabrook
David Lancaster
Michel Litvak
Screenwriter:Damien Chazelle
Cinematographer:Sharone Meir
Editor:Tom Cross
Cast:Miles Teller
J.K. Simmons
Melissa Benoist
Paul Reiser
Austin Stowell
Nate Lang
Print Source:Sony Pictures Classics
Note Writer:Pam Grady


Two strong wills collide when a conservatory student who dreams of becoming the next Buddy Rich comes to the attention of a despotic teacher who longs to discover and develop a future jazz legend. Bleeding fingers from nonstop practice pay off for 19-year-old drummer Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) when feared and revered instructor Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) invites him to join his prestigious jazz ensemble. Neyman quickly becomes Fletcher's star pupil, which makes him a bigger target for the verbal and physical abuse that Fletcher heaps on all of his students. Teller and Simmons are dazzling combatants in this film born of experience: Writer-director Damien Chazelle was a drum student in a conservatory. The brilliance of this feature-winner of both the grand jury and audience awards at the Sundance Film Festival-is that the filmmaker focuses equally on teacher and student. Andrew is as arrogant and intransigent and as devoted to achieving perfection as his new mentor, setting the stage for conflict in this gripping, jazz-infused drama. .

 *This film is part of Metallica: MVFF Artists in Residence series. Lars Ulrich will be hosting the screening and introducing the film. Following the screening, director-screenwriter Damien Chazelle will join Lars on stage for a conversation.

Lars Ulrich

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Additional Information

Damien Chazelle (Director, Writer) was born in 1985, and wrote and directed his first feature film, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, while an undergraduate at Harvard University. The film was was nominated at the 2009 Gotham Independent Film Awards and was released theatrically in 2010. It was one of Metacritic's 20 best-reviewed films of 2010 and appeared on the best-of lists of The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, Time Out New York, Film Comment and The Boston Phoenix. In late 2012, Chazelle directed a short film based on part of his feature screenplay Whiplash. The screenplay appeared on the 2012 Black List, and the short won the Short Film Jury Award for U.S. Fiction at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Chazelle recently completed the feature version of Whiplash, produced by Jason Reitman's Right of Way Films, Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions, and Bold Films.