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Blue Like Jazz (the movie)

July 30, 2011 1 comment

UPDATE: New Poster art and official trailer: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/bluelikejazz/

Donald Miller, author of the New York Times Bestseller Blue Like Jazz, has now written the screenplay for Steve Taylor’s movie Blue Like Jazz: the Movie.  A while back the movie was almost dead because of lack of funds. Nonetheless, thanks to a Kickstarter campaign the movie was saved and is in its final stages of post-production. During Echo Conference this week, a theater-full of creatives were allowed to screen the movie in its present condition. Lucky for me, I was there.

Steve Taylor came out at the very beginning with his disclaimers. He told us about some special effects not yet done, some color grading and sound leveling that is still needed, etc. (But with a room full of creatives, we could all envision the final product and appreciate what we were seeing. We even all cheered when the storyboard pictures came up instead of the finished version!) He told us of some necessary changes that he and Don decided on to be able to start on the screenplay.  He told us about the PG-13 rating. He told us of the challenge of portraying what is in the book (as faithfully as possible) without making it, well, more than PG-13. If you’ve read the book, then you understand that it’s not a children’s story. There is some adult content and language in an attempt to make it as real as possible.

I don’t want to give anything away in case you haven’t read the book, so you can and then watch the finished product.  However, I will say that it was very well done, and extremely impressive. The crowd, which frankly, could be very critical, loved it. I think that this film, like the book, will make many people think (and that’s a good thing).

We caught up with Steve Taylor after the screening (my friend Sid interviews him, while I  stuck behind the camera!):

So there you have it! An exclusive interview with Steve Taylor right after previewing his newest movie, the long awaited Blue Like Jazz: the Movie. Sorry you can’t see it yet, but let not your heart be troubled– here’s the official teaser trailer to hold you over:

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Inspired Creativity

Today was the last day of #echo11, or Echo Conference. It was my first time, and will definitely not be my last! I’m headed home with inspiration, practical tips, and encouragement. Over the next few days I’ll be blogging about some of the many gems. I’ll also be posting my review and interview of Gary Molander and his new book- “Pursuing Christ, Creating Art”. I’ll be posting thoughts on the “Blue Like Jazz” movie as well as a short but great interview of Steve Taylor. So stay tuned.

I was really excited to go to Echo, I it turns out, I should’ve been. However, even before Echo I experienced a sort of surge of inspired creativity. Let me tell you about it and how God used it in ways that I would not have imagined. And you can do the same!

So let me link you now to a pdf of my July article in Christian Video Magazine, entitled “Inspired Creativity“.

Reading Gary Mo

This year, and actually next week, I’ll be going to Echo Conference. I’m really excited about what awaits me in Dallas. To rub shoulders with some really inspiring artists and connect with like-minded people will be a breath of fresh air for me.

Another thing that I’m gearing up for is an interview of Floodgate’s Gary Molander about his book that is coming out at the conference. I am fortunate enough to have an advanced pdf of the book, and will most likely finish it tomorrow. My initial response is that it is a wonderful and much-needed resource for those of our tribe. I’ll be writing much more in the days ahead (so check back!). Also I’ll have my interview of @GaryMo and his #PCCA (Pursuing Christ, Creating Art). For now, let’s see what he has to say about it:

You can read a chapter and preorder here: http://www.garymo.com/my-book/my-book/.  If you’re an artist in any way shape or form of the word, let me tell you now: You won’t be disappointed! Go pre-order now.

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