Release Date:August 7,2012
Don, a nineteen-year-old student at a Texas junior college, spontaneously decides to escape his evangelical upbringing for life in the Pacific Northwest. Upon arrival at Reed College, one of the most progressive campuses in America, he quickly discovers that its surroundings and unconventional student body proves to be far different than he could have ever imagined. With everything this new environment brings, Don is forced to embark on a journey of self-discovery to understand who he is and what he truly believes.
One boy’s faith is tested on a journey to self-discovery as Lionsgate releases Blue Like Jazz on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand August 7, 2012. Based on The New York Times best-selling novel that swept the nation, Blue Like Jazz brings Donald Miller's semi-autobiographical stories and reflections to life, following his path to self-discovery and progressive views on faith. Directed and co-written by GRAMMY Award nominee Steve Taylor (The Second Chance), Blue Like Jazz is also co-written by Miller and Ben Pearson (The Second Chance). Known for his Christian singing/songwriting and record producing, Taylor eloquently delves into the intricacies of friendships, faith and finding one's self to reveal that everybody belongs somewhere. This film was also made possible by a dedicated fan base that refused to let this project fall through the cracks. In starting the "Save Blue Like Jazz" Kickstarter grassroots campaign, fans not only raised $350,000 in one month to bring this project into theaters, but in doing so congregated a passionate, built in fan base committed to spreading the word about the film's release. The Kickstarter donors hosted pre-screenings, enlisted street teams to sell out screens in advance and were actively engaged in social media reaching out to their peers and communities. The campaign was successful in attracting the largest audience by utilizing people who believe in the story as ambassadors of the film.
Marshall Allman (HBO's "True Blood") gives a solid performance as Don, a pious nineteen-year-old, who uproots himself from his Southern Baptist upbringing and ventures to Portland where one new experience after another teaches him the true meaning of life. (The New York Times) hailed the film as "sincere and literary," while (Paste Magazine) deemed it "witty, provocative and life-affirming." Blue Like Jazz also stars Claire Holt (TV's "The Vampire Diaries"), Tania Raymonde (TV's "Lost"), Justin Welborn (TV's "Body of Proof") with Eric Lange (TV's "Victorious"), Jason Marsden (Transformers: Rescue Bots), Will McKinney (Super Zeroes) and Jenny Littleton (Deadline).
Praised by Christian audiences everywhere, (Beliefnet) stated, "The vocabulary of faith should not be the exclusive property of one small subset of believers, it is heartening to watch a movie that makes that point with such grace." The Blue Like Jazz Blu-ray Disc and DVD includes special features such as audio commentary with Don Miller, Ben Pearson, Marshall Allman, Tania Raymonde and Steve Taylor, a "Behind the Scenes" documentary, a "Director's Master Class" featurette, deleted scenes, and more.
Audio commentary with Author/Co-Writer Donald Miller, Cinematographer Ben Pearson and Co-Writer/Director Steve Taylor
Making Blue Like Jazz
Master Class: Directing Actors on Set
"Save Blue Like Jazz" featurette
"The Cast" featurette
"The Animator" featurette
"This is My Story" featurette
"The Music" featurette