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Blue Like Jazz: The Movie

July 2nd, 2009

Blue Like Jazz the Movie is a coming-of-age college comedy based on The New York Times best-selling memoir by Donald Miller. As a book, Blue Like Jazz has experienced significant commercial success and deeply impacted its readers’ lives. It has sold more than one million copies and is a perennial bestseller at Amazon.

In 2006, director, writer and recording artist Steve Taylor approached Miller with the idea of collaborating on a screenplay and making Blue Like Jazz into a feature film. The challenge would be transforming Miller’s memoir into a compelling story arc that would play well with a young movie-going audience. Their resulting screenplay tells the story of a young Donald Miller who flees his suburban Texas upbringing to seek intellectual sanctuary at Reed College, a radical West Coast college dubbed “the most godless campus in America.” Through a series of comical and unexpected encounters, Miller is forced to re-examine the faith he thought he’d left behind.

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