My Conversation With Damien Chazelle

Tonight I'm joined by Academy Award-nominated writer/director Damien Chazelle. The barely 30-year-old filmmaker has taken Hollywood by storm with his critically acclaimed film Whiplash, which has garnered a total of five Oscar nods, including Best Picture. The movie tells the story of a jazz drummer seeking to earn the respect of his menacing instructor.

In the clip below, Damien shares how his own traumatic experiences as a music student inspired the combative tone of the film.

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