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A feature film based on Donald Miller's New York Times bestselling memoir, directed by Steve Taylor and starring Marshall Allman. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on October 25, 2010.

A feature film based on Donald Miller's New York Times bestselling memoir, directed by Steve Taylor and starring Marshall Allman.

About this project

What We’re Doing

Simply put, we’re raising money! Blue Like Jazz, the successful bestselling book by Donald Miller was to become a film. On September 16th, Don posted on his blog that despite a strong screenplay, a stellar cast, and rave reviews, the film would be put on hold indefinitely - because there was not enough funding. We thought that since the book itself is so unique, why should the funding come traditionally? We submit that the funds for this movie should come from the people who the book actually impacted. It should come from the more than a million people who bought the book. It should come from the fans. We are raising $125,000 in time for the film to enter into production on October 25th.

Why We’re Doing It

We're just a couple of normal guys who decided to take a chance. When we heard the news about the film being halted, we thought to ourselves; “There’s got to be another way.” We dreamed big and now here we are. We know this is possible. Blue Like Jazz has reached a massive amount of people, and if it were to become a film, it would reach even more. Most importantly, we believe that this is going to be an incredible story. Think about it… investors back out, the movie's put on hold, then the fans step up and say; “No, we will fund this movie.” That is a story we want to be a part of. Will you join us?

-- FAQs

What’s in the digital download package?
Everyone who donates at least $10 will receive our digital download package. We are still adding to this package, but here is what we have confirmed so far. This will include the following:

-All posters, banners and desktop wallpaper used in the Save Blue Like Jazz Campaign
-Official Blue Like Jazz movie promotional material. Posters, wallpapers, etc.
-The first 15 pages from the official script
-A brand new song previously unreleased from Steve Taylor

When exactly is “The Big Night?”
The Big Night in Portland has yet to be scheduled, mainly because parts of the movie schedule itself are still up in the air. You can count on it being sometime in the fall 2011, weeks before the theatrical release of the movie. We promise we will give you a heads up WAY in advance.

Can I Gift An Incentive?
YES! Spectacular idea. If you would like to donate to the film but give the reward to someone as a gift, go through all the normal process of making a donation in your name. For billing purposes, this action must be in your name. After our deadline, we will send a message to you on Kickstarter. (It will be forwarded to the email address you provided) We will request things like your t-shirt size and address from you at that time. Please reply with all the person’s information that is to receive the reward. We will make sure they are the person who receives the reward.

Now that the film is funded, when will it release?
Still to be determined. Weeks ago, Steve and Don didn’t think they would be making a movie, but now they are! Filming is to begin on October 25th, 2010 and post-production will begin soon after filming is complete. The plan is to have the movie release sometime in the fall of 2011. Rest assured all of us involved will make sure YOU know when it’s due to release.

How will Steve get my number? How will you get my T-shirt size?
Steve is currently going through all the people who have donated to request their phone number. If you have donated, you will get a message from Steve pretty soon. Please reply to him. He hates rejection, and he wants to thank you. Please bear with him though, as he has thousands of phone calls to make.

Once we cross our deadline (October 25th) we will immediately begin manufacturing and completing incentives for everyone involved. You will get a message from us requesting information from you like your T-shirt size, address, etc. At that time, please reply to us as soon as possible so that we can complete your incentive.

Can I increase my pledge once it’s been made?
YES! Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your incentive reward to a different one, or increase your pledge amount. To do so, go to Kickstarter and sign in. If you go to our campaign page, the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click it and you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive.
What happens if the money isn’t raised in time? Unfortunately nothing. If our goal isn’t met before the deadline, no money changes hands and no movie is made. We want to avoid this scenario at all cost!

Can we exceed the goal?
YES! What an amazing problem to have. Kickstarter will allow as much money as is given before the deadline. Maybe that would mean a more widespread theater release, or more unique physical copy packaging. The possibilities are endless.

How do we contact you? Glad you asked! You can contact us directly at We check it. We will get back to you. We promise!

Is Save Blue Like Jazz a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization?
Unfortunately neither this movement nor Blue Like Jazz is set up as a non-profit. Donations are raw gifts. Non-tax deductible.

If I donate, when can I redeem the incentive?
All incentives, big and small, will only happen if our goal is met. If we do meet our goal, immediately after our deadline we will start to manufacture and ship all physical merch directly to you. It will be our priority to schedule the more personal incentives as soon as possible. You will hear from us. (More on this as we get closer to our deadline)

Who does the money go to?
Every penny (minus the fees for Kickstarter’s involvement) will go directly to Director Steve Taylor’s movie budget - i.e. Your money goes directly to the funding of this film.

$125,000 seems like a low number for a movie budget. Doesn’t it?
You are correct. Fortunately, there are still very important investors involved in this film. The $125,000 figure is the remaining balance of a larger total budget. Our goal is imperative for the film to be a reality.

Any other questions? Just ask us. We’d be stoked to answer them.

-- Zach Prichard + Jonathan Frazier --


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    Digital download package and a personal thank you call from Director Steve Taylor! Yes, he'll need your phone number. No, he'll never bother you again.

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    Limited Edition “Blue Like Jazz" movie poster signed by Don, Steve & select Cast! (plus the phone call and the download package)

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    Get your hands on the fashionable “Blue Like Jazz” movie T-Shirt! (plus the poster, phone call and download package) Bet you can’t guess which color it is…

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    You’ve just become an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, and will be credited as such in the end title crawl of the movie! You'll also receive a special edition "Blue Like Jazz Associate Producer" t-shirt (and the poster, phone call, & digital download package). Your name will appear alphabetically during the end title crawl under the heading "Associate Producers," and will run on the left side of the screen alongside the traditional credits on the right. This way, you can impress your movie-going friends relatively quickly when your name comes up on the big screen! (Especially if your name is spelled "Aabaca.")

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    NEW! Your very own Blue Like Jazz the movie coffee mug. (along with the Associate Producer package)

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    Have Don record your personal voicemail greeting (along with the Associate Producer package) No – you don’t have to ship him your phone, but you will have to explain to your boyfriend who ‘Don’ is.

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    PARTY! Two tickets for you and a guest to attend ‘The Big Night’ screening in Portland, Oregon, along with Don, Steve, Marshall Allman, the original Penny, Sexy Carrot, and everybody who’s anybody! Red carpet posing is (semi)optional. Oh – and did we mention exclusive merch? We meant to. (Comes with Associate Producer package – transportation not included)

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    20 min Skype session with Director Steve Taylor (along with the Associate Producer package) Whatever you want – Film Q&A, Director commentary, Behind the scenes secrets…it’s fair game!

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    NEW! 20 min Skype session with Donald Miller (along with the Associate Producer package). Whatever you want... writing secrets, thoughts on his next book, what brand of food does Lucy eat... anything is fair game!

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    Appear as an extra in the movie (on location in Nashville, TN or Portland, OR) & join the cast and crew for lunch! (Comes with Associate Producer package – transportation not included)

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    Bring a guest and share a meal w/ Don & Steve! You pick the cuisine, they’ll pick the restaurant and take care of the tab. (Full disclosure – they have the best taste in restaurants...ever) Either Portland or Nashville. (Comes with Associate Producer package – transportation not included)

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    Spend the day on set as Director Steve Taylor's personal assistant, and be credited as such in the end title crawl! You’ll be spending the night as guests of Steve and his family at their home in Nashville, complete with your own guest room! (Comes with the Associate Producer package – transportation not included)

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    Director Steve Taylor will fly to your city and do a pre-release screening of the movie in your home with live director's commentary! Limited to within the United States. (Comes with the Associate Producer package)

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    Donald Miller will fly to your city and do a book reading at your home for you and your friends! If you’re nice, he may even sing you a lullaby. Limited to within the United States. (Comes with the Associate Producer package)

Funding period

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