Crowd-Sourced Movie “Blue Like Jazz” Wraps in Portland, Ore.
Nashville, Tenn. – January 25, 2011 – Kickstarter.com, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects, has named “Blue Like Jazz” the “Best In Show: Project of the Year” for 2010. The 30-day, fan-generated campaign raised $345,992 from 4,495 supporters in October of 2010 to save the making of the film based on the New York Times Bestseller from Donald Miller.
"We're honored and grateful to Kickstarter for providing fans of 'Blue Like Jazz' a way to directly fund a movie they want to see,” comments the film’s director, Steve Taylor, who was recently quoted in Variety’s feature discussing crowdfunding. “Four months ago our movie was dead for lack of money, despite five years of effort to bring it to the screen. Now we're here in Portland filming the final scenes this week, thanks to thousands of backers from across the country and around the world. We wouldn't be here if it hadn't been for Kickstarter and the extraordinary efforts of the two fans that led the campaign – Zach Prichard and Jonathan Frazier.”
Principal photography on the movie will wrap this weekend in Miller's adopted hometown of Portland, Ore., with locations including Reed College, the setting for most of the film, and Powell's Books. "Blue Like Jazz" also shot in Nashville in late 2010.
Marshall Allman (“True Blood,“ Prison Break”) is playing the lead role of Donald Miller. Tania Raymonde (“Lost,” “Crash”), Justin Welborn (“Final Destination,” “The Crazies”) and Claire Holt have also been cast. The movie, directed by Steve Taylor, is being produced by Clarke Gallivan (Ruckus Film) and filmed by cinematographer Ben Pearson.
Miller’s Blue Like Jazz has sold 1.3 million copies to date, and the writing of the movie’s screenplay was highlighted in his latest New York Times Bestseller A Million Miles In A Thousand Years.
For updates on the making of the movie, stay tuned to www.bluelikejazzthemovie.com.