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Blue Like Jazz filmmaker to visit Dordt College

October 22, 2012

Kicking off the Christian Evasion of Pop Culture Conference, Dordt College welcomes Christian filmmaker Steve Taylor to campus Wednesday, October 31, for a screening of Blue Like Jazz, a film based on the best-selling novel by Donald Miller. 
The public is invited to attend the free screening in the B.J. Haan Auditorium at 7 p.m. A time for question and answer will follow.

Taylor has taken on many roles throughout his career as a filmmaker, producer, singer, writer, and a recording artist. He has earned multiple awards, including Grammy, Telly, and Billboard awards.

Blue like Jazz confronts the reality that many Christians must face as their faith is challenged by the world around them. It tells the story of a young Southern Baptist man heading off to a secular college known for its immorality and godlessness.

Taylor knew he had to make this movie as realistic and truthful as possible, which meant that it would not be appropriate for all ages. He pondered, “How do you tell the story of a college kid who flees his Southern Baptist upbringing in suburban Houston to attend the ‘most godless campus in America’ without showing what that environment is like? And how can that environment be portrayed realistically in the context of a ‘family’ movie?”

Dordt College Dean of Chapel Aaron Baart echoes Taylor’s sentiments. “Doing things ‘Christianly’ means wrestling with real issues and engaging the real world – that’s one of the primary purposes of education at Dordt College.”

The screening is a natural segue to the weekend’s Christian Evasion of Pop Culture Conference where speakers will present on topics that address a Christian’s response to pop culture.

Taylor will also speak in chapel on Wednesday, October 31, at 11 a.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. He will also make several visits to classrooms around campus on November 1.

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