Much as we would love to have seen Steve Taylor's movie version of the Donald Miller best seller Blue Like Jazz make its world premiere at the Nashville Film Festival, it's opening in theaters on April 13 — exactly a week too early. So it's doing maybe the next best thing: premiering at Austin's South by Southwest film festival, which kicks off March 9. The screening's scheduled for 6:30 p.m. March 13 at the gorgeous old Paramount theater.
It's only the latest crest of the rollercoaster that has been the movie's production history: starting with Taylor's efforts to get the movie made for years, then its 11th-hour near-cancellation when it lost its funding, then the Kickstarter campaign that not only saved the production but essentially blazed a new path for indie film financing. Steven Hale has the whole story here in a Scene article from 2010, as the movie was wrapping its shoot in Nashville.
Check out the teaser trailer above, which features a fleeting appearance by jeff obafemi carr, the co-star of Taylor's The Second Chance.