Ever seen something come back to life? I hear it’s happened before, but I’ve honestly never seen it myself. Until now, perhaps. Last week I blogged about the death of Blue Like Jazz the Movie, and Steve Taylor, Ben Pearson and I were encouraged by the outpouring of grief. If misery loves company, we had plenty of company. Honestly, that really meant a lot. When you are letting a dream go you can’t help but feel like a bit of a failure. And yet there was some talk about crowd sourcing, about raising money amongst thousands. To be honest, it’s not something I’d really heard about, but a couple guys in Nashville decided to take matters into their own hands and see if they could make something happen. The rest of the story is, well, amazing.
Zach Prichard and Jonathan Frazier read the book years ago and had been looking forward to seeing the movie some day. When they read my blog, they got together with a friend of mine, Randy Williams, and began talking about starting some ground-swell support. They pulled a few half-nighters and launched an incredible campaign on Kickstarter complete with a film, a twitter identity and a bunch of other social networking tools. They interacted with Steve Taylor and I to come up with some incentives for potential investors and they launched the campaign. And almost immediately we had 10% of the funds raised, and it’s climbed much higher than that now, only two days into the campaign. Steve and I talked today and he was giddy. He was more excited than I’d known him to be since we first started writing the screenplay.
And the news has already spread. It was even covered by a local Nashville television station. Simply amazing.
So, if you want to know more about what we are all trying to do, please visit: www.savebluelikejazz.com. You can also get a twibbon and share about the campaign on facebook and tell your friends on twitter, too. There’s an outside shot the movie is not dead. And if we can bring it back to life, this movie will show the world that people like us really do exist! Jonathan, Zach and Randy, thank you thank you thank you…and to the hundreds who have already donated to the cause…I’m a writer without words.