One of my favorite films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was writer/director Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash. The film stars Miles Teller as an aspiring jazz drummer who aspires to greatness under a ruthless instructor, played brilliantly by J.K. Simmons. While the film focuses on musicians, it’s really about anyone trying to become great at something and the cost of achieving said goal. Trust me, it’s a great movie, and one you’ll be able to see by the end of the year because Sony Pictures Classics picked up the film for domestic distribution. Whiplash also won both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize for the U.S. Dramatic competition at Sundance. For more on the film, read Matt’s review.
The day after the world premiere, I landed a video interview with Teller. He talked about being at Sundance two years in a row, how he only wrapped on Whiplash in October, working with J.K. Simmons, the film’s themes of sacrifice and the price of greatness, the Divergent sequel, and more. Hit the jump to watch.