‘Whiplash’ director to answer questions at Princeton event


Miles Teller, left, and J.K. Simmons co-co-star in the award-winning drama, “Whiplash.”

Director Damien Chazelle, who based his critically acclaimed film “Whiplash,” in part, on his experiences playing drums with the Princeton High School studio jazz band, will donate proceeds from a Dec. 17 “Whiplash” event in Princeton to the school’s music program.

At the event — which was organized by Chazelle’s mother, Celia Chazelle — “Whiplash” will be screened at 6 p.m. at Princeton Garden Theatre, at 160 Nassau St., with a live introduction by Kam Williams, who reviews movies for Princeton’s Town Topics newspaper. Following the screening, there will then be a reception, from 8:15 to 10 p.m., at Princeton High School, 151 Moore St., with a performance by the Princeton Studio Band and a live video question-and-answer session with Chazelle, moderated by Williams.

Tickets are $30 ($15 for students) for the film and reception, $20 ($5 for students) for the reception only.

“Whiplash,” which stars Miles Teller as a young drummer and  J. K. Simmons as his intense teacher, has won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for Drama at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, among other honors.

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