A few months ago, you might have seen me on Twitter or Facebook promoting a movie called Blue Like Jazz. If you don’t know the story, you should read it. The movie wasn’t going to be made, but through an incredible Kickstarter campaign, they raised almost $350,000 and were able to complete and release the movie.
As part of the promotion for the movie, they hid 28 boxes in 28 cities where the movie was opening. I haven’t seen many people talk about the box, so I thought I would do a quick post about the box I found.
The tweet for the Austin box looked like a toy store. I did some quick checking and discovered it was Toy Joy. I was able to use Google Street View to validate the picture. I couldn’t pick up the box that day, so I assumed that someone else was going to get it.
The next day, my wife and I were out so I figured I would call and see if anyone had picked up the box. No one had, so I raced over and there it was, hidden under some stuff. The employees were glad someone came to get it, because they had no idea what it was. The box was wrapped in brown paper and had this cool artwork on it.
When I unwrapped the paper, inside was a box cover in pages from the book Blue Like Jazz.
Upon opening the box, I discovered it is was filled with a treasure trove of Blue Like Jazz stuff. It had a copy of the script, a CD with a few songs from the sound track, a bottle of AQUAlike, the fake water used in the movie, some prints of early artwork concepts, a production still, a note from Steve Taylor and an actual prop from the movie (the goggles and head lamp that the Pope wore). You can see all the pictures in this gallery.
I just wanted to say thanks to the Blue Like Jazz crew for putting together this incredible gift. I’ll treasure it forever.
And if you haven’t seen the movie, go see it! You can even bring a screening to your town.