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#1 of 1 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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One boy's faith is tested on a journey to self-discovery as Lionsgate releases Blue Like Jazz on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand August 7, 2012. Based on The New York Timesbest-selling novel that swept the nation, Blue Like Jazz brings Donald Miller's semi-autobiographical stories and reflections to life, following his path to self-discovery and progressive views on faith. Directed and co-written by GRAMMY Award nominee Steve Taylor (The Second Chance), Blue Like Jazz is also co-written by Miller and Ben Pearson (The Second Chance). Known for his Christian singing/songwriting and record producing, Taylor eloquently delves into the intricacies of friendships, faith and finding one's self to reveal that everybody belongs somewhere. This film was also made possible by a dedicated fan base that refused to let this project fall through the cracks. In starting the "Save Blue Like Jazz" Kickstarter grassroots campaign, fans not only raised $350,000 in one month to bring this project into theaters, but in doing so congregated a passionate, built in fan base committed to spreading the word about the film's release. The Kickstarter donors hosted pre-screenings, enlisted street teams to sell out screens in advance and were actively engaged in social media reaching out to their peers and communities. The campaign was successful in attracting the largest audience by utilizing people who believe in the story as ambassadors of the film.


Marshall Allman (HBO's "True Blood") gives a solid performance as Don, a pious nineteen-year-old, who uproots himself from his Southern Baptist upbringing and ventures to Portland where one new experience after another teaches him the true meaning of life. (The New York Times) hailed the film as "sincere and literary," while (Paste Magazine) deemed it "witty, provocative and life-affirming."Blue Like Jazz also stars Claire Holt (TV's "The Vampire Diaries"), Tania Raymonde (TV's "Lost"), Justin Welborn (TV's "Body of Proof") with Eric Lange (TV's "Victorious"), Jason Marsden (Transformers: Rescue Bots), Will McKinney (Super Zeroes) and Jenny Littleton (Deadline).


Praised by Christian audiences everywhere, (Beliefnet) stated, "The vocabulary of faith should not be the exclusive property of one small subset of believers, it is heartening to watch a movie that makes that point with such grace." The Blue Like Jazz Blu-ray Disc and DVD includes special features such as audio commentary with Don Miller, Ben Pearson, Marshall Allman, Tania Raymonde and Steve Taylor, a "Behind the Scenes" documentary, a "Director's Master Class" featurette, deleted scenes, and more, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $27.98, respectively.


The Blue Like Jazz Blu-ray Disc and DVD is packed with special features including audio commentary with Donald Miller, Ben Pearson and Steve Taylor, numerous featurettes, a Director's Master Class, deleted scenes and more, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $27.98, respectively.


SYNOPSIS

Don, a nineteen-year-old student at a Texas junior college, spontaneously decides to escape his evangelical upbringing for life in the Pacific Northwest. Upon arrival at Reed College, one of the most progressive campuses in America, he quickly discovers that its surroundings and unconventional student body proves to be far different than he could have ever imagined. With everything this new environment brings, Don is forced to embark on a journey of self-discovery to understand who he is and what he truly believes.


BLU-RAY & DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*

    [*] Audio commentary with Author/Co-Writer Donald Miller, Cinematographer Ben Pearson and Co-Writer/Director Steve Taylor [*] Making Blue Like Jazz [*] Master Class: Directing Actors on Set [*] Deleted Scenes [*] Photo Gallery [*] "Save Blue Like Jazz" featurette [*] "The Cast" featurette [*] "The Animator" featurette [*] "This is My Story" featurette [*] "The Music" featurette [*] Theatrical Trailer

*Subject to change


PROGRAM INFORMATION

Street Date: August 7, 2012

Price: $39.99 Blu-ray / $27.98 DVD

Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexuality, drug and alcoholcontent and some language

Run Time: 107 minutes

Type: Theatrical Release

Genre: Comedy/Faith

Closed Captioned:    Blu-ray - English SDH

                                  DVD - English

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Blu-ray Format: 1080P High Definition 16x9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio Status: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

DVD Audio Status: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

Title Copyright: © 2012 The Blue Like Jazz Movie LLC.  All Rights Reserved.


ABOUT LIONSGATE

Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. The Company has built a strong television presence in production of primetime cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of programming and an array of channel assets. Lionsgate currently has 15 shows on more than 10 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning "Mad Men," "Weeds" and "Nurse Jackie," along with the powerful drama "Boss" and the syndication successes "Tyler Perry's House of Payne," its spinoff "Meet the Browns," "The Wendy Williams Show" and "Are We There Yet?"

 

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first installment of "The Hunger Games" franchise, which  has already grossed more than half a billion dollarsat the worldwide box office, "The Expendables," "The Lincoln Lawyer,"  "Cabin In The Woods,""Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family" and "Margin Call." With the January 2012 acquisition of Summit Entertainment, the Company now has the two leading young adult franchises - the blockbuster "Twilight Saga," which has grossed more than$2.5 billion at the worldwide box office, and "The Hunger Games." Recent Summit hits include "Red," "Letters to Juliet," "Knowing," the "Step Up" franchise and the Academy Award-winning Best Picture, "The Hurt Locker."

 

Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 13,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.



Ronald J Epstein
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