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Blue Like Jazz (2012)

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I hadn’t kept up with the fundraising angle discussed here, but the Atlantic has a good piece on the film’s newly firm financial footing.

The movie's inability to fit into a pre-existing category helps explain why Miller and his collaborators had so much trouble coming up with the money to make the film. "You're sort of pissing off both sides," Miller said. "Hollywood hates it because we don't have our head up our ass, and the church hates it because we don't have our head up our ass."

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Mike Fleming @ Deadline.com has picked up the story of the film's salvation at the hands of its fans ... and the comments under his post are kind of interesting. One person asks why the $5 million budget couldn't have been cut back to $4.75 million, or whatever the difference would have been after the $250,000 in financing fell through. And at least one other person tries to raise a stink over the supposed devaluation of "associate producer" credits, now that this film will apparently have a thousand of 'em.

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Mike Fleming @ Deadline.com has picked up the story of the film's salvation at the hands of its fans ... and the comments under his post are kind of interesting. One person asks why the $5 million budget couldn't have been cut back to $4.75 million, or whatever the difference would have been after the $250,000 in financing fell through. And at least one other person tries to raise a stink over the supposed devaluation of "associate producer" credits, now that this film will apparently have a thousand of 'em.

That post had faulty info -- the budget of the film is under 1 million, not 5 million.

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Steve Taylor doesn't look as old as he should in that video. In fact, he looks like he might still have a good rock and roll record left in him. Maybe after the movie...

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Trailer is up on the site now.

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I just realized that the guy playing Donald Miller's the same guy who played LJ in Prison Break!

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Steve Taylor doesn't look as old as he should in that video. In fact, he looks like he might still have a good rock and roll record left in him. Maybe after the movie...

Here's to hoping.

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Steve Taylor doesn't look as old as he should in that video. In fact, he looks like he might still have a good rock and roll record left in him. Maybe after the movie...

Here's to hoping.

Steve posted on his Facebook page that he'd make new music this year; whether or not he's serious I'm not entirely certain.

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I'd be one of the geezers you'd find in a new Steve Taylor clip on YouTube... I'd love to see him again. I've seen him over twenty times, saw him break his ankle and hung out with him in Calgary on my honeymoon -- and have never been let down.

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Okay, after seeing the trailer all I can say it that I am sufficiently intrigued, maybe. That comes from Steve Taylor fan that got behind what he was trying to do in CCM way back when. Although I tried several times, I just never really got into the book (a chapter or two). Every time I began to read it I was reminded me of the book This Boy's Life and I could escape it.

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I really liked the Second Chance and thought that he pulled off something kind of cool, especially for a first film. After seeing the trailer for this movie though, I'm kind of wondering if there's hints in it that the film might suffer from budget constraints.

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I had no idea it would roll out with a distributor of that caliber. While it's no guarantee of a good film, it's enough to heighten my interest in the film.

It's supposed to open pretty wide, actually. I didn't write down one of the numbers when I talked to Steve Taylor back in December, but he said it'll be Albuquerque by the second or third week, which, you know, isn't exactly L.A. or N.Y. or Chicago.

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I had no idea it would roll out with a distributor of that caliber. While it's no guarantee of a good film, it's enough to heighten my interest in the film.

It's supposed to open pretty wide, actually. I didn't write down one of the numbers when I talked to Steve Taylor back in December, but he said it'll be Albuquerque by the second or third week, which, you know, isn't exactly L.A. or N.Y. or Chicago.

saw it tonight in philly with a q & a with miller and taylor. taylor set they open april 13th in 25 markets and 100 screens. i thought the film was excellent. the trailer captures the tone of the film pretty well.

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I had no idea it would roll out with a distributor of that caliber. While it's no guarantee of a good film, it's enough to heighten my interest in the film.

It's supposed to open pretty wide, actually. I didn't write down one of the numbers when I talked to Steve Taylor back in December, but he said it'll be Albuquerque by the second or third week, which, you know, isn't exactly L.A. or N.Y. or Chicago.

saw it tonight in philly with a q & a with miller and taylor. taylor set they open april 13th in 25 markets and 100 screens. i thought the film was excellent. the trailer captures the tone of the film pretty well.

Yeah, a collegue tweeted that she was at a screening last night or the night before. I'm supposed to see this movie and had no idea it was already screening. Guess I'm not on the right list(s).

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The first SXSW review I've found: Justin Chang at Variety, who calls it a "pleasantly unremarkable coming-of-ager," but that, "on the plus side, the film also abstains from any overt message-mongering; if it has a lesson to impart, it's that spiritual transformation begins from a place of inward-looking humility, of owning one's own shortcomings before decrying anyone else's."

I viewed a pre-screening of the film last October and was pleasantly surprised (though not blown away), so I'm definitely intrigued to see what Steve Taylor and company have accomplished with the final film.

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"pleasantly unremarkable"? That's damning with faint praise....

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Maybe it's just me, but just knowing that the film isn't anywhere near horrible is a relief.

Not that I expected it to be horrible, but it seems like 'Christian' film is starting from such a low level, that anything that's decent and avoids message-mongering is at least not an embarrassment to the faith, which is a start.

And of course, I would never suggest that there aren't hundreds of fabulous Christian artists making art - only that they're usually not doing so within a self-consciously 'Christian' environment, which is something Taylor and Miller seem to be doing with Blue Like Jazz.

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Maybe it's just me, but just knowing that the film isn't anywhere near horrible is a relief.

Not that I expected it to be horrible, but it seems like 'Christian' film is starting from such a low level, that anything that's decent and avoids message-mongering is at least not an embarrassment to the faith, which is a start.

And of course, I would never suggest that there aren't hundreds of fabulous Christian artists making art - only that they're usually not doing so within a self-consciously 'Christian' environment, which is something Taylor and Miller seem to be doing with Blue Like Jazz.

Well...yeah, I guess. But there's a difference between not being anywhere near horrible and being inoffensively bland, etc. I would rather watch a thousand horrible movies than a hundred just-ok-but-bland ones (I say this with my mild enthusiasm for John Carter still holding firm, so there may be a little cognitive dissonance going on here; I'm not sure).

FWIW, the trailer that was posted a while back, which I rewatched recently, doesn't impress me all that much. I'll still give it a go. [ETA: Since I've not seen the movie itself, of course, I have no opinions on it. This amounts to talking-about-talking-about the movie and shouldn't be interpreted as making any sort of judgment at all]

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The Christian Movie Establishment vs. Blue Like Jazz

by Steve Taylor

So maybe I should be flattered that, based on recent evidence, the Christian Movie Establishment they represent is out to get us.

Exhibit A: The Executive Pastor of Sherwood Baptist (where the Kendricks Brothers movies are produced) issued what amounts to a fatwa against Blue Like Jazz when he made it known that nobody who worked on our movie would be allowed to work with them in the future.

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One of the most consistent criticisms I got as a recording artist came from fellow Christians saying, “Why do you do these songs criticizing the church? Why would you go airing our dirty laundry for the public to see?” And, of course, that same criticism had been leveled at Blue Like Jazz. This perspective has always amused me, as if the public thinks we’ve got our act together perfectly, as if they don’t already see the hypocrisy in our midst. They just think we’re too dumb to see it ourselves. Which is why the image of a guy in a confession booth finally confessing the truth started my six-year-long quest to make Blue Like Jazz. When we tell the truth – even the uncomfortable truth – the truth sets people free.

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The Christian Movie Establishment vs. Blue Like Jazz

by Steve Taylor

Gotta admit that this made me laugh:

As writer David McFadzean summarized, Christian movies are like porn – poorly lit, poorly acted and you always know how they’re going to end.

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