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'Whiplash' Shown at NYFF After Sundance Success

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A Sundance Film Festival favorite, "Whiplash," was shown at the 52nd New York Film Festival. NY1's George Whipple filed the following report.

The 52nd New York Film Festival presented "Whiplash," which won the Grand Jury prize and the Audience award at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

The film is often referred to as "Full Metal Jacket" at Julliard.

Damien Chazelle directed the movie.

"It's about the relationship between this drummer and a very tough—borderline sadistic, or fully sadistic—music professor. So it's a kind of 'mano a mano' between these two guys in the name of creating art," says Chazelle.

Oz's J.K. Simmons plays that particularly difficult music teacher.

Whipple: "Do you like your character?"
Simmons:"That's an excellent question...no!"

Whipple:"You don't need that as an actor? A lot of actors need to like their character."
Simmons:"I didn't like, you know, the head of the Aryan Brotherhood in Ozwald penitentiary either but you have to understand your character, you know. You have to have a point of view. You have to believe where he's coming from and if the writing is good, then that is easily done."

Miles Teller is the jazz drummer who sacrifices all in the film. For him, in this case, life doesn't imitate art.

"When I was in high school, I was the guy who, I got straight A's but I also threw the parties and I was also in drama club and I played baseball. I mean, I had a lot of different interests and no—I would never sacrifice my relationship with my friends and family for acting," Teller says.

A lot of the buzz surrounding this movie comes out of this year's Sundance Film Festival where I stood on line but couldn't get a ticket to see the film. I asked the director why!

"I'm, uh, I'm very sorry. I couldn't get in my film at Sundance. They don't give filmmakers tickets there either so I can't help you," Chazelle says. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 (http://commoncrawl.org/faq/) Profile: TWCSAMLSP