With Blue Like Jazz
, the screen adaptation of Donald Miller's New York Times best-selling book
, Steve Taylor
has done for film exactly what he did for music in the early to mid-'80s -- namely, give the staid world of Christian-centric art a much needed jolt of vitality. In the same way he riled the buttoned-up Christian community during the Reagan era with incendiary songs like "I Blew Up the Clinic Real Good
," the Northglenn native, who directed the film and helped pen the screenplay with Miller
and Ben Pearson
, is bound to once again stir the ire and offend the delicate sensibilities of more thin-skinned believers with this latest project.
Taylor, of course, has a well-established history of being a provocateur. As a musician, Taylor, who studied at the University of Colorado, got his start in the late '70s attending a summer camp run by John Davidson, a long-since-forgotten TV personality from that era, before a breakout performance at a gospel-music seminar in Estes Park led to his signing with Sparrow Records and embarking on a highly influential and often controversial career in Christian music.