Blue Like Jazz (film)

Blue Like Jazz is a 2012 American comedy-drama film directed by Steve Taylor and starring Marshall Allman, Claire Holt, and Tania Raymonde. It is based on Donald Miller's semi-autobiographical book of the same name. Miller, Taylor, and Ben Pearson co-wrote the screenplay.[1]

Blue Like Jazz
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySteve Taylor
Produced bySteve Taylor
Coke Sams
J. Clark Gallivan
Screenplay byDonald Miller
Ben Pearson
Steve Taylor
Story byDonald Miller
Based onBlue Like Jazz
by Donald Miller
StarringMarshall Allman
Claire Holt
Jason Marsden
Tania Raymonde
Eric Lange
Justin Welborn
Music byDanny Seim
CinematographyBen Pearson
Edited byMatt Sterling
Ruckus Films
Distributed byRoadside Attractions
Release date
  • March 13, 2012 (2012-03-13) (SXSW)
  • April 13, 2012 (2012-04-13) (United States)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1.2 million
Box office$595,018



Steve Taylor pitched the film to investors for four years until two investors, one from Seattle and one from Los Angeles, agreed to sign on for $250,000 each. The day before pre-production, the Los Angeles investor backed out and the film was scratched. When Donald Miller posted on his personal blog that the film was to be cancelled, however, two readers from Tennessee announced that they would raise the remaining required funds by way of the Kickstarter website.

According to Yancey Strickler, one of the founders of Kickstarter, only six films have ever raised more than $100,000 through the website as of May 2011. Taylor didn't believe that this fundraising effort would work, so he agreed to personally call and thank every donator of more than $10 if they met the target goal of $125,000. By October 2010, $345,992 had been donated through the website towards the film. Considering so much money had been raised through Kickstarter, the backer from Seattle matched that amount and contributed even more. Taylor was able to shoot the film for $750,000 and have an extra $500,000 left for post-production.

By May 2011, Taylor had personally called and thanked half of the 3,300 people who donated more than $10 through Kickstarter.[2] He had called the remainder by April 2012.[citation needed] Blue Like Jazz: The Movie was the second most successful Kickstarter fundraiser in 2010.[3]

Miller's 2009 book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years is based on his experience of revising his memoir into the screenplay for this film.

Filming took place in Nashville, Tennessee and Portland, Oregon.[4]


The film had its world premiere as an official selection of the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 13, 2012.[5] It was released in theaters on April 13, 2012 through Roadside Attractions.[6][7] It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 7, 2012 in the United States and Canada.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Henry O. Arnold; Ben Pearson; Michael W. Smith (2009). Kabul 24. Thomas Nelson Inc. p. 282. ISBN 1-59555-022-4.
  2. ^ Ira Boudway (May 26, 2011). "Kickstarter: Financing Small Movies Online". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
  3. ^ Mark Moring (May 25, 2011). "Our Film . . . Is an Awesome Film". Christianity Today. Archived from the original on September 30, 2011. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
  4. ^ "Blue Like Jazz (2012)". Retrieved July 1, 2018 – via
  5. ^ "Blue Like Jazz". Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  6. ^ "'Blue Like Jazz' to Premiere at Film Festival in Texas Before Nationwide Release, Christian News". March 10, 2012. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  7. ^ "Roadside Acquires 'Blue Like Jazz' Before SXSW Premiere". Indiewire. February 21, 2012. Retrieved March 19, 2012.

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