Arguably the biggest success story to come out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival was the breakthrough for director Damien Chazelle for his debut feature Whiplash. The intense drama has received plenty of critical acclaim and earned both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize. It remains to be seen if this movie will be able to power through to awards season (Sony Pictures Classics should at least push J.K. Simmons for Best Supporting Actor), but it’s definitely put Chazelle on the map. Although his next feature will be the musical La La Land with Miles Teller and Emma Watson, he’s going to be taking a giant leap with his follow-up: First Man, a biopic about Neil Armstrong.
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