Weekend Movie Preview: Blue Like Jazz

March 4, 2012

If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know I’m a big Donald Miller fan. His A Million Miles in a Thousand Years was a book that got me through some tough times, especially while visiting my mother during her lengthy hospital stay.

But before I read that book, I read Miller’s 2003 bestseller, Blue Like Jazz. As someone who’s spent a good amount of time questioning and understanding my faith, I could strongly identify with Miller in the book as he explored his own. Filled with humor, wit and some deep thoughts, the book’s cover describes it as “nonreligious thoughts on Christian spirituality.”

After reading the book, it was great to learn that a movie was in the works…and this process was explored at length in A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.

But beyond the thoughts and ideas that are part of Don Miller’s Blue Like Jazz, is the interesting way this movie got produced. Back in September 2010, the movie was put on hold because additional money was needed to produce it. Enter Zach Prichard and Jonathan Frazier who launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the film. Ultimately more than 4,400 people raised $345,992 to help make Blue Like Jazz a movie reality. For more details about the campaign, visit the Save Blue Like Jazz site.

As a communications major who studied film and video production in college, I would have never dreamed something like Kickstarter would be around to help make so many creative dreams a reality.

If you’re interested in seeing the movie, there’s a month-long promotional tour through March before it opens officially on April 13. Please check the BLJ Tour Site for dates and locations.

So how about you…have you read Blue Like Jazz or plan to see the movie? What do you think of the trailer? If you could create a Kickstarter campaign, what would it be? I’d love to hear your thoughts.