Damien Chazelle

Damien Sayre Chazelle(born January 19, 1985) is an American film director and screenwriter.He made his directorial debut with the musicalGuy and Madeline on a Park Bench(2009). In 2014, he wrote and directed his second feature filmWhiplash, based on his award-winning short filmWhiplash(2013). The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival and went on receiving 5 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture . Chazelle received an individual nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay .

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 Damien Chazelle's Personal life

He studied filmmaking in the Visual and Environmental Studies department at Harvard University and graduated in 2007.

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 Damien Chazelle's Career

. He shared screenplay credit with director Ed Gass-Donnelly onThe Last Exorcism Part II, 2013. He is also credited as the screenwriter on 2013'sGrand Piano, a thriller that has an anxious pianist dealing with a death threat during a concert. Chazelle has stated in interviews that he was working as a 'writer for hire' but had the ambition to direct his own script. Chazelle describedWhiplashas a writing reaction to being stuck on another script. 'I just thought, that's not working, let me put it away and write this thing about being a jazz drummer in high school.' He stated he initially did not want to show the script around, as it felt too personal, and "I put it in a drawer."

On January 15, 2015,Whiplashreceived 5 Academy Award nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay for Chazelle.It won three of them, Best Supporting Actor for Simmons, Best Achievement in Film Editing and Best Achievement in Sound Mixing , on February 22, 2015.

, which was released on March 11, 2016. His upcoming musical,La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone , will be released on December 16, 2016.

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 Damien Chazelle's Filmography

Feature films
Short films
  • Whiplash(2013) - director, writer

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