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Blue Like Jazz -- Don, a nineteen-year-old sophomore at a Texas junior college, tries to escape his Bible Belt upbringing for life in the Pacific Northwest at the most godless campus in America.
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13 April 2012 (USA) See more »
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Don, a nineteen-year-old sophomore at a Texas junior college, tries to escape his Bible Belt upbringing for life in the Pacific Northwest at the most godless campus in America. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Marshall Allman ... Don Miller

Claire Holt ... Penny

Tania Raymonde ... Lauryn

Justin Welborn ... The Pope

Eric Lange ... The Hobo

Jason Marsden ... Kenny

William McKinney ... Jordan (as Will McKinney)
Jenny Littleton ... Don's Mom

David Alford ... Priest
Jeff Obafemi Carr ... Dean Bowers (as jeff obafemi carr)

Matt Godfrey ... Yuri
Jeffrey Buckner Ford ... James Larkin (as Jeffery Buckner Ford)

Traber Burns ... Phillipe Nouvel

Barak Hardley ... Town Crier
Jenson Goins ... Quinn

Marin Miller ... Reed Activities Receptionist

Joshua Childs ... Bookstore Manager (as Josh Childs)
Becky Fly ... Professor

Scott Kerr ... Houston Pastor

Valerie Jane Parker ... Aqualike Babe (as Valerie Parker)
Donald Miller ... Trendy Writer
Terra Strong ... Lauryn's Friend
Bobby Daniels ... Convenience Store Clerk

Travis Nicholson ... Book Store Clerk

Erin McGarry ... Debate Moderator

Ciana Griggs ... Sophie
Tiffany Montgomery ... Astrogirl

Chuck David Willis ... Robot #1 (as Chuck Willis)
Zephyr Benson ... Robot #2

Rhyan Schwartz ... Bicyclist
Robert Fitzgerald ... Black Jesus
Austin Johnson ... Drunk Freshman
Alexander Tan ... Boy with Balloon

Susan Isaacs ... Fan
Reegus Flenory ... Prison Guard (as Henry Reegus Flenory)

John Birkel ... Brody

Natalia Dyer ... Grace
Joseph Lopez ... Levi
Andrew T. Vandergriff ... Neptune
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mitch Miller ... Monk
Robert M. Coles ... Virgin Bride (uncredited)
Paul Colligan ... Extra (uncredited)

Tom Delfino ... Church Parishioner (uncredited)
Meredith Fitzsimons ... Extra (uncredited)
Matt Gilliam ... College Student Extra (uncredited)

Brandon Lee Harris ... Drum Major (uncredited)

Colleen Helm ... Student (uncredited)

Denise Johnson ... College Student (uncredited)

Wendy Keeling ... Choir Lady (uncredited)
Luke Marr ... Pope Candidate (uncredited)
April Rodell ... Sexy Carrot (uncredited)
Alexandro Sandoval ... (uncredited)
Shannon Spencer ... 'Emo' Girl / Student (uncredited)
Audra Todd ... Student (uncredited)
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Directed by
Steve Taylor 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Donald Miller  screenplay
Donald Miller  story
Ben Pearson  screenplay
Steve Taylor  screenplay

Produced by
Jimmy Abegg .... associate producer
Marshall Allman .... executive producer
Wayne Caparas .... associate producer
Paul Castiglia .... associate producer
Tim Chambers .... associate producer
Eddie de la Rosa .... associate producer
Scott Derrickson .... associate producer
Mark Foster .... associate producer
Jonathan Frazier .... assistant producer
Peter Furler .... associate producer
J. Clarke Gallivan .... producer
Matt Godfrey .... associate producer
Erick Goss .... executive producer
Sara Groves .... associate producer
Brittany Hailes .... line producer
Drew Hood .... associate producer
Mike T. Jorgensen .... associate producer
Kylee Larson .... associate producer
Phil Larson .... associate producer
Rick Law .... associate producer
Scott Lewis .... executive producer
Russ Long .... associate producer
Mark McFerran .... associate producer
Hector Miray .... associate producer
Chip Murray .... executive producer
Charlie Peacock .... associate producer
Zach Prichard .... assistant producer
Dan Raines .... executive producer
Tania Raymonde .... associate producer
Coke Sams .... producer
Matt Slocum .... associate producer
Dona Spangler .... co-producer
Steve Taylor .... producer
Eric Townsend .... associate producer
Tom Varner .... associate producer
Sheila Walsh .... associate producer
Gail Welch .... associate producer
James B. Woosley .... associate producer
Original Music by
Danny Seim 
Cinematography by
Ben Pearson 
Film Editing by
Matthew Sterling  (as Matt Sterling)
Casting by
Elizabeth Barnes 
Corbin Bronson 
Kim McCray 
Production Design by
Cyndi Williams 
Art Direction by
Jamey DiDomenico 
David Hewlette 
Costume Design by
Amy Patterson 
Makeup Department
M'chel Bauxal .... department head: makeup and hair in Oregon
Allison Boxall .... key hair stylist: Oregon
Allison Boxall .... key makeup artist: Oregon
Lisa Ensminher .... makeup artist
Kylie Evans .... makeup artist
Jamie Ford .... key makeup artist
Jody Sunday .... hair stylist
Beka Wilson .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Gary Kout .... unit production manager: Portland
Dona Spangler .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Drew Langer .... first assistant director
Emily Neumann .... second assistant director
Jennifer Scheer .... second assistant director
Mark Sizemore .... second second assistant director
Andrew Stanfield .... assistant director: second unit: Portland
Art Department
Ashley Amezcua .... art production assistant
Victoria Mischa Austreng .... assistant props: Oregon
Troy Charles Cobb .... art intern (as Troy Cobb)
Jeff Danley .... property master
Sean Fong .... property master
Maeve Human .... art intern
Mik Venuti .... carpenter
Sound Department
Daniel Brennan .... sound re-recording mixer
Greg Crawford .... adr mixer: Atlanta
Joe Deihl .... adr editor
Joe Deihl .... dialogue editor
Joe Deihl .... foley editor
Joe Deihl .... sound designer
Joe Deihl .... supervising sound editor
Michael Fowler .... foley mixer
Miles Fuqua .... adr recordist
Christopher Greenwood .... boom operator
Morgan Hobart .... boom operator: Oregon
Grant Johnson .... boom operator: additional sound mixer
Craig Kyllonen .... foley artist
Thomas Morrison .... sound mixer
Fred Paragano .... adr mixer
Nick Price .... additional boom operator
Peter Townsend .... boom operator (as Pete Townsend)
Sarah Vorhees .... adr recordist
Special Effects by
Terry Arthur .... special effects
William Boggs .... special effects technician
Scott Moore .... special lighting effects
Patrick Sittnick .... special stage effects creator
Visual Effects by
Brian Behm .... visual effects supervisor
Jim Lockhart .... visual effects supervisor
Scott Meador .... visual effects artist
Jonathan Richter .... visual effects producer
Ian Quinn .... stunt coordinator
April Rodell .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jimmy Abegg .... still photographer
Chuck Bogard .... best boy grip
Mike Breece .... jib operator
C.K. Cates .... d.i.t. tech
James N. Clark .... camera production assistant
Kyril Cvetkov .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, Oregon
Peter Efrem .... Steadicam operator: Oregon
Michelob Fedusenko .... electrician (as Robert Michelob Fedusenko)
Bryan Fowler .... steadicam operator
Drew Frazier .... gaffer
Scott Friedland .... key grip
Evan Hurst .... best boy electric
Chip Ingram .... key grip: Oregon
Kip Kubin .... camera operator: "b" camera
David Mellow .... first assistant camera
Scott Phelps .... electrician
Brandon Rivera .... grip
Matthew Satterfield .... electrician
J.T. Sumner .... additional assistant camera
Mike Toews .... additional grip
Joe Vitellaro .... best boy grip
Justin C. Ward .... gaffer: Oregon
Steve Waters .... best boy electric: Oregon
Animation Department
Jonathan Richter .... animator
Casting Department
Erica Berger .... casting associate
Stephanie Reeves .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nikki Bartnick .... set costumer
Martha Hines .... costume supervisor
Carey Kotsionis .... set costumer
Joy Patterson .... set costumer
Sara Patterson .... background costumer
Jamie L. Scott .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Mary Brownlee .... assistant editor
Scot Olive .... digital intermediate colorist
Kevin Scott Page .... post-production intern
Derek Pearson .... assistant editor
Music Department
Matthew Sterling .... music editor (as Matt Sterling)
Transportation Department
Katico Cadwallader .... transportation dispatch
Nick Edgerton .... transportation coordinator: Oregon
Steve Evans .... transportation captain: Oregon
Dave Hodgin Jr. .... transportation coordinator
Steve Moffit .... driver: honeywagon
Mike Russell .... driver: fueler
David Tinsley .... picture car coordinator
Other crew
Marrisa Ayala .... office intern
J. Thomas Bailey .... background production assistant
Claudia Beesley .... script supervisor
Katie Bonaccorso .... set intern
Susan Routh Bowman .... production coordinator
Emily Carver .... set intern
Tanja Crouch .... post-production facilities manager
Robert A. D'Esposito .... assistant production office coordinator: Portland
Laryssa Emeigh .... key set production assistant
Sarah Gibson .... assistant to the director: Portland
Jeffrey Giles .... distribution executive
Cj Giordano .... production assistant
Bethany Haynes .... production legal
Allison Hughes Stroud .... script supervisor (as Alison Stroud)
Courtney Hyder .... publicist
Sabrina Jackson .... on-set medic
Velvet Kelm .... publicist
Jana Regnier Laiolo .... production accountant
Matthew Lasseter .... assistant production accountant
Sydney Lunn .... location manager
Michael Lurie .... international distribution
Dustin Masters .... office production assistant
Jenny Nichols .... production assistant
Elizabeth Nouri .... set intern
Diane Johnson Patten .... craft service
Edith Pommerol .... assistant to the director
Tonia Pound .... research and clearances
Chad Ray .... office intern
Ingrid Reed .... caterer
Nicole Sanders .... assistant location manager
Andrew Stanfield .... location manager: Portland unit
Linda Stowe .... assistant craft service
Dylan van Gardner .... key office assistant
Dean Batali .... special thanks
Jeremy Childs .... special thanks
Yuri Cunza .... special thanks
Craig Detweiler .... special thanks
Steve Horswill-Johnston .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexuality, drug and alcohol content, and some language
108 min
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Did You Know?

The movie was made possible by the efforts of fans the refused to see the project die. A campaign on KickStarter was started after a September 16th blog post by Donald Miller that the project was dead due to the lack of backers. By the end of the funding period on October 25th, Save Blue Like Jazz had raised $345,992 (of the $125,000 goal or 276%) from 4495 backers. The earns the project a Hall of Fame ranking on KickStarter as the highest funded project ever.See more »
Continuity: Don tells his mother that there are no roommates in the dorms at Reed college, but Lauryn tells a story about her "first year roommate".See more »
Kenny:[Don and his Baptist youth minister talk before Don leaves for college] Don't let them brainwash you, Donny.
Donald Miller:Well, it is a Baptist college.
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Don't do it if you aren't already Christian!, 28 December 2013
Author: mindyloucooper from Texas

I have never written a review on IMDb before but felt compelled to after watching this film.

Last night I was looking for a good independent film to watch and this flicked across the screen in my Netflix options. Never having heard of the book and not knowing a thing about what I was getting myself into, I went for it.

There were early hints that I had walked myself into a "Christianity is the bestest" type film, but I didn't know for sure until halfway through when the main love interest professes to the main character something along the lines of, "I can't explain it, I just love Jesus!". I recognized this tell-tale sign of propaganda but decided to suspend judgement. I sat through the rest of the film in hopes that there'd be surprise character or plot development in the second half. Unfortunately, there wasn't.

The plot is thin and predictable. I find it remarkable that others who have reviewed the film found it thought provoking. In my estimation, those who found it to be this way enjoyed the affirmation that the film provided. Can't fault anyone there: we all like a little positive reinforcement from Hollywood every now and then.

For those of us who aren't sold on Christianity, the underlying theme of Christianity being the "right" belief is obvious and more than a little off-putting. In order to be truly thought provoking (to those who aren't already on board with the concept), the message shouldn't have been so obvious and cheesy.

If the hope was that this movie would help put Christianity in a better light with non-Christians, the movie misses that mark too. None of the characters exhibited a need for Jesus/the church - at their core they were smart people with good consciouses, and were clearly capable of sorting themselves out without the church. I didn't see or hear any testimony as to why either required religious support to do this, in fact the movie highlighted several good reasons to stay away from the church: priest pedophilia and some mixed up relationships amongst church members. If a salesperson is trying to sell something, they need to talk about the benefits of the product they're pushing at least a little bit, right?

All in all, this is probably a great film if you are a "church-every-Sunday" kind of person - this may be just the thing to make you feel great about your beliefs (basing this not on personal experience but on other reviews). But if you are that person, please don't kid yourself that this will be the movie to convince your non-believer friends that they should worship with you.

For the non-believers, regardless of your non-believing status, this movie is skippable. The plot, characters, acting and writing is all pretty thin - not a whole lot of meat to chew on here.

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