Blue Like Jazz, a movie co-written and directed by Belmont Adjunct Instructor Steve Taylor, won a Wilbur Award for Feature Film at the 2013 Wilbur Award ceremonies April 6. Blue Like Jazz, released in 2012 by Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate Entertainment, joins last year’s winner The Help and previous Wilbur Award winners such as Schindler’s List, Dead Man Walking, Amazing Grace and The Green Mile.
Presented by the Religion Communicators Council (RCC), the Wilbur Awards honor excellence by individuals in media—print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting and motion pictures—in communicating religious issues, values and themes during 2012. Other winners at Saturday night’s ceremony included CBS-TV, CNN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp, The Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post and Simon & Schuster Inc.
Based on the New York Times Best Seller by Donald Miller and adapted for the screen by Miller, Taylor and Ben Pearson, Blue Like Jazz had its World Premiere in March, 2012 at the South-By-Southwest Film Festival and was released in theaters nationwide the following month. It’s since been released internationally and continues to garner worldwide acclaim, including being named one of Paste magazine’s Top Movies of 2012. It will premiere this summer on HBO Europe.
Taylor is currently teaching the class “Producing Film for the Entertainment Industry” in the entertainment industry studies program.