Damien Sayre Chazelle (born January 19, 1985) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his films Whiplash (2014), La La Land (2016), and First Man (2018).
Chazelle’s breakout hit, Whiplash, began as a proof-of-concept short film which debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and eventually attracted attention from financiers who helped to finance the full-length version, which would go on to receive critical acclaim and win three Academy Awards.
Soon after, Chazelle was finally able to make his dream project, La La Land, which was nominated for fourteen Academy Awards, winning six including Best Director, making Chazelle the youngest person to win the award at age 32.His films have received critical and commercial success. Aside from filmmaking, Chazelle has ventured into television with The Eddy, an eight-episode Netflix miniseries set in Paris. Chazelle’s next film, Babylon, is set in 1920s Hollywood and will be given a limited release by Paramount Pictures on December 25, 2022, followed by a wide release on January 6, 2023.
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