Hmmmm. As someone who didn't care for the book and wasn't impressed with the trailer, I'm kinda now interested in seeing what the hype is. I copied the entire two pages at CTM below.
i think exhibitors are going to try to play the Blue Like Jazz trailer with october baby
this cannot happen - the trailer actually has the words "I hate Jesus" in the voiceover along with a number of images that will be very offensive to catholics
it is in the best interest of theaters to not run the trailer because they are going to have a lot of angry patrons if they do
thanks for your help here
Fuhr said that "on every movie we work on, part of my job is knowing our audience and making sure that I anticipate their experience in the theater." She said that whenFacing the Giants released in 2006, some theaters showed a Nestea commercial featuring "a scary skeleton" that "scared the dickens out of all the kids" in the theater. "The audience went crazy, they wrote letters to the theaters, they called and wrote to us," said Fuhr. She said that when Fireproof released in 2008, theaters showed thetrailer to Jesus Camp "and the same thing happened. So ever since then, I look at what possibly could be trailered on our films and I give Goldwyn a heads up, so they can give exhibitors a heads up so some poor theater manager doesn't end up getting lambasted all Saturday afternoon by our audience."
When asked what specifically about the Blue Like Jazz trailer might offend audiences, Fuhr noted both the "I'm ashamed of Jesus" comment and several images "I thought would be offensive to a Catholic audience." (One character wears a pope's mitre in a confession booth.)
"I have no ill intent toward Blue Like Jazz and Steve Taylor," Fuhr said. "Steve is my friend, and I wish him well. But I was hurt by his blog post."
Taylor told CT that when he first received the leaked e-mail, "I was bummed out because Kris and I are friends and she's been really kind to me in the past." He says he tried to contact Fuhr about the e-mail before writing his blog post, but says he was unable to reach her until this morning—after the blog post went live. Fuhr told CT she was disappointed she hadn't heard from Taylor first, noting, "He has my cell phone number; he could have called."
When Taylor and the producers of Blue Like Jazz sought a distributor for the film, Provident passed on the opportunity, even though they had worked with Taylor on his previous movie, The Second Chance, and even though (according to Taylor) senior vice president Ben Howard and president and CEO of Provident Music Group Terry A. Hemmings had expressed interest in Jazz long before it went into production. Fuhr said she did not know why Provident passed on Jazz, adding that she wasn't part of that decision. (CT attempted to reach Howard, but he did not return our calls.)Christianity Today & Blue Like Jazz