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"Blue Like Jazz" Fans Save Film Project


Donald Miller’s best-selling book Blue Like Jazz had been slated for a film before financial issues terminated the project. But fans of the book and the film concept gathered together this past week and successfully built a grassroots effort called “Save Blue Like Jazz” to raise the remaining funds to continue the project. As a result of the fundraising, the movie begins filming on October 28 in Nashville, and Miller is elated. In a Nashville Business Journal article, Miller said he was “scraping himself off the floor every morning” in amazement at the fans’ generosity. On his blog, Miller said the film was the first full-length theatrical release ever “crowd-sourced” in the United States. “It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s the sort of thing that gets written up in Variety,” he added. “This movie went from dead to front-page news overnight, because of [donors].” Filming will take approximately five weeks, and according to Miller’s blog, ten percent of the film’s profits will be donated to a “worthy non-profit organization” to be determined later.

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