I think stories about faith can be fascinating, but it is a difficult topic to explore without veering too far into being didactic or over-earnest. Faith is a deep, rich narrative soil, but when we’ve got people like Rick Santorum taking the discussion about religion to crazy ends on the national level, it’s easy to see why people either avoid stories about faith, or take them to extremes.

Blue Like Jazz is based upon a well-liked book, Donald Miller‘s semi-autobiographical story, and scripted by Miller, director Steve Taylor and Ben Pearson. Both the book and film follow a character wrestling with his childhood religious identity as he goes to college and finds himself among people who are not very accommodating when it comes to religious belief. Let’s see if the film treats the subject as well as fans of the book think Miller did.

The film will premiere next month at SXSW and has just found distribution. Check out the trailer below. Read More »