Music takes on different guises at Sundance Film Festival
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Since the early days of film, music has gone hand in hand with movies, but a new crop of filmmakers is using music to explore existential themes of humanity that will be showcased at the annual Sundance Film Festival.
Whiplash, a contender in the US dramatic competition, will kick off Sundance on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014, and is the first of numerous films that use music as a tool to explore human identity at the festival, held in the Utah ski resort of Park City.
The film, directed by Damien Chazelle, stars rising star Miles Teller as a drummer who enters music school and comes face to face with a teacher who challenges him to pursue perfection, pushing him to the limit.
"It is such a singular film," Trevor Groth, Sundance's director of programming, told Reuters. "It really is one of the potential breakouts of the festival because it's so unique."