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October 11, 2012

Director of ‘Blue Like Jazz’ to screen movie, speak at DWU

MITCHELL — It’s a classic coming-of-age story that tackles the tough stuff while staying true to Christian values.

This is what Dakota Wesleyan’s campus pastor Brandon Vetter said about the movie, “Blue Like Jazz,” which will be shown on campus this month, along with a special guest.

Steve Taylor, director and co-writer of the film, “Blue Like Jazz,” the movie adaption of the book by Donald Miller, will show the film at DWU at 6:45 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29, followed by a Q&A. Taylor will also give a lecture at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, called “The Bleeding Edge: What Do You Have to Lose?” Both events will be in the Sherman Center on campus and are free and open to the public. “Blue Like Jazz” is rated PG-13.

Taylor’s discussion on Tuesday will be how “a life lived on the ‘bleeding edge’ requires risk.”

“I made it clear to all our potential investors and/or heads of media companies, the vast majority of whom were fellow Christians, that this was not going to be a family movie,” states Taylor on the movie’s site. “The reason was simple: How do you tell the story of a college kid who flees his Southern Baptist upbringing in suburban Houston to attend the ‘most godless campus in America’ without showing what that environment is like? And how can that environment be portrayed realistically in the context of a ‘family’ movie?”

Vetter suggested using “Blue Like Jazz” for a special event after seeing the movie last April. He was drawn to the film adaptation of the book because he actually used another book by Miller for one of his classes. “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story” was such a hit with his students, it was chosen as this year’s freshman book.

“It’s a movie that deals with faith, life and how college actually goes, but it doesn’t put any of the Christian sanitizing on it,” Vetter said. “It’s very real; it’s what college students really deal with.”

Vetter liked the realism that the movie explored, “You can make a really good spiritual movie without ignoring the tough realities of life.”

In March, Miller will come to campus to speak about the process of writing his books, which are based on his life. He will be at DWU Monday, March 18, and Tuesday, March 19, 2013.


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