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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Blue Like Jazz Movie Needs Cash

I just discovered that Donald Miller's bestselling book Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality is being made into a motion picture.

Don Miller (author)Image via Wikipedia

It seems that Blaine Hogan has been helping the production team put together potential investors and grassroots supporters for the film.

An adapted screenplay is ready, a director is hired, and actors are on call.

But, like any movie, it needs money.

As of last week, they were seeking "a few 100k" to "break escrow" which would release money to begin financing. Don Miller has a new book coming out this fall which they would like to crosspromote with BLJ (that's movie lingo).

So, they hope to infuse a good bit of cash in the next 30-60 days.

From Hogan's viewpoint, the majority of people who loved the book don't have money to give, but if the word gets out and there is enough of a passionate response, even a few dollars from many, many supporters would make a different.

Cover of Cover via Amazon

Hogan says, "I truly believe that this project is quite special and one that will change a lot of things in the industry as far as 'Christian film' is concerned, not to mention giving investors an excellent ROI."

I'll be interested to see how this develops. Miller's book was a sharp departure for many Christians in the way it talked about God, church, life, spirituality -- an angst, a thoughtfulness, but perhaps most importantly, it had a narrative structure that did not resemble a long sermon.

I had the pleasure of meeting him at when he spoke at Davidson College a few years ago. Both in person and in writing, Miller talks about his perspective. Many resonate with it. A film that captures some of his unique charisma would be an impressive achievement.


Thomas W. Grimm, Sr. said...

As someone involved in this project on a daily basis I can comment. The film will be as unique and relevant as the book. Thanks for the mention.

Gerardo Marti said...

Thanks for writing! I look forward to seeing it come to the screen.