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Movie Spotlight: "Blue Like Jazz"
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QUEST FOR TRUTH
Loosely based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name, Blue Like Jazz recently made its silver screen debut under the direction of Christian artist Steve Taylor. The film, based on a chapter in the life of the book’s author Donald Miller, depicts a pious young man raised in the Bible Belt, who begins to question his faith and struggles with some aspects of his religious upbringing. The main character, Don (portrayed by Marshall Allman of “True Blood”), escapes to the liberal campus of Reed College, in Portland, Ore., where he begins a quest to  gure out what it is he truly believes. Overall, the intent of the movie communicates Miller’s mantra: Your life is a story, and the arc of that story matters to God. A fairly true-to-life view of happenings at the college, the film does contain swearing and scenes with substance abuse. Nearly shelved from lack of funds, the movie was saved by a grassroots effort started by two determined young men from Franklin, Tenn., using online fundraising site Kickstarter. com. They had one month to raise the necessary $125,000, and they accomplished the feat in only 10 days.