Miles Teller (Whiplash, War Dogs) will receive the first annual Stonestreet Granite Award at Stonestreet Studios’ 25th anniversary celebration. The award will be presented to Teller by filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell who worked with the actor in Rabbit Hole. The honor goes to an actor, filmmaker, producer, or scribe who have made “provocative, meaningful and relevant independent film and television projects.”
During his two years in the Stonestreet conservatory, Teller starred in multiple series and shorts before embarking on a successful career in feature film. Seen earlier this year with Jonah Hill in War Dogs, Teller plays pugilist Vinny Pazienza in the biopic Bleed For This.
The conservatory was formed in 1991 by filmmakers and producers Gary O.Bennett and Alyssa Rallo Bennett. “Gary and I feel like the proud parents of so many amazing and talented people, careers and projects – Miles being the shining star of them as he is so very hard-working, constantly stretching himself, he continues to evolve and surprise and never loses his vulnerability on screen., said Bennett.
Actors who have been trained at the conservatory include Idina Menzel (Frozen, Rent), Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Selma Blair (People vs. O.J. Simpson, Legally Blonde).
The celebration takes place November 14 at TAJ in Chelsea.