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Music drama 'Whiplash' premieres opening night at Sundance Film Festival

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Miles Teller ("The Spectacular Now") stars in "Whiplash" premiering at this year's Sundance Film Festival on January 16.

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The film tells the story of Andrew, a promising 19-year-old drummer at a cutthroat Manhattan music conservatory, who has little interest in being just a musician.

Haunted by his father’s failed writing career and plagued with the fear that mediocrity just might be genetic, Andrew dreams of greatness. Determined not to follow in his father’s footsteps, he practices daily until his hands literally bleed.

The pressure of success ratchets into high gear when he is picked to join the school band led by the infamous Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), a brutal drill-sergeant of a music instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.

Under Fletcher’s ruthless direction, Andrew begins to pursue perfection at any cost—even his humanity.

"Whiplash" is based on the 2013 Sundance Film Festival award-winning short film from writer-director Damien Chazelle, who directed his first feature, "Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench," while still an undergraduate at Harvard University.

Chazelle’s scripts “The Claim” and “Whiplash,” were included in the 2010 and 2012 Black Lists.

"Whiplash" will screen opening night of this year's Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Narrative Feature Film Competition.

For more info visit: http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13887/whiplash

SOURCE: Sundance Film Festival

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