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Music takes on different guises at Sundance Film Festival

Published on Jan 16, 2014 6:48 AM
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A woman uses a mobile phone to take pictures of the Egyptian Theater before the opening day of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Jan 15, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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."

 
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