Watch: SXSW Coming of Age Comedy 'Blue Like Jazz' Teaser Trailer

February 21, 2012
Source: Apple

Blue Like Jazz Trailer

"Forgot everything you think you may know, because you do not know anything." Time for something fun. Roadside Attractions has unveiled a fantastic first teaser trailer for their upcoming SXSW film titled Blue Like Jazz, directed by Steve Taylor, based on Donald Miller's book about a junior college kid from Texas who tries to escape his Bible Belt upbringing for life in the Pacific Northwest at the "most godless campus in America." The cast includes Marshall Allman (True Blood), Claire Holt (Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars) and Tania Raymonde (Lost). This looks surprisingly good, I'd love to see it if I were down at SXSW.

Watch the first official teaser trailer for Steve Taylor's Blue Like Jazz, in high def from Apple:

Don (Marshall Allman), 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 - Reed College.

Blue Like Jazz is written & directed by American filmmaker Steve Taylor, of the religious indie The Second Chance previously. The screenplay was written by Taylor, Ben Pearson and Donald Miller, based on Donald Miller's book Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality. This is premiering at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin next month. Roadside Attractions will then bring Blue Like Jazz to limited theaters starting on April 13th this spring. For more info, visit their official website or official Facebook.

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  • Still one of my favorite books, I've been excited to see the film adaptation for a long time now. I was part of the kickstarter campaign that funded this and I wish I could make it to SXSW this year.
  • Looks interesting. I thought it might appear like sappy melodrama at first, but I'd say I was wrong. Then again, I was wrong about all the sexes of my kids, so I'd say being wrong is only natural for me.
  • I met Jesus once in my dreams, he looked a bit like the image I made below. This looks funny, all the actors are good too. Good to see a film about Christians that doesn't involve them wielding machine guns for a change. Praise the Lordy.
  • I've long been a fan of just about anything Steve Taylor has been involved in. It's is an "other year" in my every other SxSW trips, but this is making the trip even more tempting... The trailer does ask the right question.. Is this gonna get weird?
  • There's a new trailer on  It erases all doubt I had about this movie.  It looks really good now...
  • thelastormsbee
    Really excited for this movie. Look here for more behind the scenes discussions with Steve Taylor and Donald Miller.
  • I am excited about this film for two reasons. I love the book and I love just about everything Steve Taylor has ever done to help the culture and church connect.
  • Ektomorf
    Steve Taylor was a fun and interesting Christian pop sensation in the 80's.  Like most of the artists in his genre, he was very outspoken against gay rights and most other liberal moral and political positions.  At one point however, during a concert I saw him in in '86, he announced that he believed that AIDS was not God's punishment against homosexuals... Perhaps this was a first step in disavowing his bitter, right-wing views?  I certainly hope so.  People can change positions in a big way without throwing out the baby with the bathwater.  I sure did.  Would love to become a Taylor fan again, but would need some kind of public apology for me to gain any respect for him after the hateful statements he used to make. In any case, this trailer makes me want to go see the film, which I hope for everyone's sake, including Taylor's, is really stankin' good. 
  • Brian Layman
    Interesting... Are you sure you've got the right guy? I've been to probably a dozen Steve Taylor concerts mostly in the mid to late eighties. I don't remember him being outspoken against gay rights.  I can't remember him saying anything either way on it, though him speaking out against the idea of aids being a punishment is consistent with his messages.  I guess memories have a different flavor for everyone. I will say that most of his songs were very critical of "bitter right wing views". From "We don't need no color code", a direct rebuttal to Jerry Falwell racial positions, to "Jenny", which ends with the discovery of Jenny's body after she took a gun to her own head believing she was no longer accepted at home after becoming pregnant trying to escape her home life, he was very out spoken about course corrections he believed should be made to the popular church views.  This movie doesn't seem to be an exception to this message, but a culmination in another medium.




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