“Whiplash,” is an intense film centered around two ambitious musician – a 19 year old drummer (Miles Teller) and his Draconian music instructor (JK Simmons). The film is written and directed by Damien Chazelle, and inspired by his own musical journey as a jazz musician. He played the drums.
The film was part of the Mill Valley Film Festival lineup. “Whiplash” was the film Metallica’s Lars Ulrich chose to show at the festival. After the screening there was a Q&A with Ulrich and Chazelle.
We sat down to talk to Chazelle about the making of “Whiplash” and one of the first questions we asked him was how did he come up with the title of the film?
Stay tuned for an extended interview with Chazelle.