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WHIPLASH SCREENING + DIRECTOR Q&A TO BENEFIT PHS MUSIC PROGRAMS


 

WHIPLASH DIRECTOR/WRITER DAMIEN CHAZELLE RETURNS TO PRINCETON ROOTS

A special screening of Whiplash to benefit Princeton High School music program

 

New York, N.Y. (December 12, 2014) – More than a decade after Damien Chazelle graduated from Princeton High School, his internationally acclaimed film Whiplash has become a favorite of audiences and critics alike. The film was inspired in part by the writer/director's experiences as a drummer with PHS's nationally renowned studio jazz band, one of several programs that will benefit from a special screening of Whiplash, followed by a Q&A with Chazelle and a PHS band performance.

 

"The jazz program is one of the best things about Princeton High School. It gives the students an in-depth education in the history as well as the technical aspects of jazz. They gain deep knowledge of the jazz repertoire and a deep appreciation for its beauty," said Chazelle's mother, Celia Chazelle, who is organizing the event. "The program also helps the students develop a sense of responsibility and teamwork, a dedication to the craft of making music, and an understanding of the importance of hard work to master difficult skills."

 

Tickets for the December 17 event will be available for purchase at the Princeton Garden Theatre beginning Dec. 8. The evening begins with a screening of the film at the Garden, followed by a reception at the high school. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students for the film and reception, or $20 adults and $5 students for the reception only. The screening begins at 6pm with a live introduction from Town Topics reviewer Kam Williams. The reception, from 8:15 to 10pm, will feature a live performance by the Princeton Studio Band and a live video Q&A with Chazelle, moderated by Williams.

 

Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, Whiplash stars Miles Teller and J. K. Simmons as a driven music student and his intense teacher and has screened at prestigious Film Festivals such as Sundance, Toronto, Cannes and New York Film Festival before coming to theaters. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 96% "fresh" rating, and Rolling Stone's Peter Travers called it an "electrifying," "diabolically entertaining spellbinder," adding, "Whiplash is a battle to the death. It's also a provocation: How much of what makes you human will you sacrifice for a desire to truly excel?"

 

"It's a phenomenal film, and as a nonprofit, community theater, we are always thrilled to help support local causes," said Garden Associate Director Chris Collier.