Bay Street Theater | Sunday, October 7 | 12:30 PM
Academy Award® winner Damien Chazelle most recently wrote and directed the musical LA LA LAND, which earned 14 Oscar® nominations, winning six awards, including Best Director for Chazelle, who is the youngest director to receive the award. The film also won a record-breaking seven Golden Globe Awards and was also honored with five British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award wins and 11 nominations.
His previous film, 2014’s WHIPLASH, received five Academy Award® nominations and three wins, including Best Supporting Actor for J.K. Simmons. His 2013 short, based on the WHIPLASH screenplay, won the Short Film Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and the following year, the feature film took home both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award from the festival.
Chazelle made his first feature, GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH, as an undergraduate student at Harvard University. The film was named one of the best films of the year by The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, LA Weekly, The Village Voice, and others.
Upcoming in television, Chazelle has the musical drama The Eddy for Netflix, and a straight-to-series order for a drama series for Apple TV, which he will direct and executive produce.
His latest film is the HIFF 2018 Saturday Centerpiece, FIRST MAN.
> Joshua Rothkopf, Global Deputy Film Editor and Senior Film Critic, Time Out New York
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