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After six years, "Blue Like Jazz" will hit theaters on April 13, allowing audiences everywhere to enjoy Donald Miller's best-selling Christian memoir on the big screen.
"We hope that there's an enormous demographic of people of faith, and people who have walked away from their faith, who will find themselves somewhere in this story," said Miller in an interview with CNN.
The film adaptation was able to finally be finished after over 2,000 fans of "Blue Like Jazz" raised enough money for production, $156,097, within a matter of weeks.
Directed by Grammy-nominated recording artist Steve Taylor, Miller explained that the film is more "raw and gritty" than most Christian films.
"It's a little more gritty than a lot of films, and certainly any Christian film," said the author.
"Blue Like Jazz" follows Don who abandons his conservative Christian upbringing when he attends a liberal college. The film sees explicit language as well as drugs and alcohol.
Based on true events in Miller's life, Don in the film undergoes a spiritual revelation. After being outcast over his religion and trying to fit in, the protagonist comes back to his faith in the meaningful and moving story.
Claire Holt, Tania Raymonde, and Jason Marsden star in the film, which opens in about 150 across the U.S. theaters today. "Blue Like Jazz" filmmakers hope to grow this base in the coming weeks.
In order to reach additional theaters, the film must have a strong opening weekend in the box office. Miller has asked his fans for help again in ensuring the movie expands, and urges fans to buy tickets, post a review of the film, and help spread the word.
To help promote "Blue Like Jazz," share a link to www.bluelikejazztickets.com on your Twitter or Facebook page.
Fans of the film have already posted their excitement on Twitter Friday.
"It's finally here," wrote World Vision. "The Blue Like Jazz Premiere! This weekend it will show, be sure to go with friends in tow!"
"Go see Blue Like Jazz, the humble little movie that could," posted The Classic Crime.
Maya wrote, "Go see it, it's really good, Seriously!"
Ahead of its theatrical release, "Blue Like Jazz" premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas earlier this year.