"Whiplash" (2014) A film inspired by Hank Levy's composition "Whiplash"
"Whiplash" is an independent motion picture released in 2014. It was directed by Damien Chazelle and stars Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons.
Director Damien Chazelle told Stewart Levy that Hank's composition "Whiplash" was the inspiration for him to write and direct the film. The chart is featured prominently in the film.
Andrew Neiman, a first year jazz drummer at a prestigious conservatory in New York City is driven to the edge by the school's master and tyrannical conductor Terence Fletcher. Be it through mind games or impossible-to-achieve goals, Neiman must endure all challenges, both physical and mental, to reach his dream of being a master jazz drummer. His journey takes a toll on his personal and family life.
In 2015, actor J.K. Simmons won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for "Whiplash." It grossed $13.1 million in North America and $35.9 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $49 million, against a budget of $3.3 million.
The film is available for sale at Amazon.com and also streaming if you are a Starz subscriber. It is also available for rent from Netflix.