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Danvers cinematographer Salsman helps make soccer documentary

Posted by Justin Rice  November 1, 2011 12:08 PM

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Danvers cinematographer Zachary Salsman helped make "Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story," a feature documentary playing in over 130 nationwide that will be shown on Thursday and next Wednesday at the AMC Loews Boston Common 19 as well as the Methuen AMC and Danvers AMC Loews.

The directors for the film raised more than $225,000 in 45 days to finish the film, which tells the story of a young American’s unlikely journey to becoming a professional soccer player and ultimately playing in the World Cup.

A 2005 Danvers High graduate who played scholastic soccer himself, Salsman was fresh out of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. when he hooked up with the film crew making the Demerit movie.  

“Sleeping in an attic, painting houses and eating beans and toast to survive, Jay took the most unlikely route to the top,” a press release for the movie says. “After not making the professional leagues in the U.S., Jay left for Europe at the age of 21 without any professional experience – only a passport, $1,500 and a backpack full of dreams.

“The film documents  journey from the bottom – playing in Sunday park leagues and lower level division London clubs earning 40 pounds a week – to playing in the English Premier League – to starting in the 2010 World Cup. The Jay DeMerit Story is a story of perseverance, hard work and relentless belief in a dream.”

DeMerit’s friends, Nick Lewis, an attorney, and Ranko Tutulugdzija, an acupuncturist, set out to make the movie in 2009 without formal film experience. One week before the film was set to begin shooting, however, the director notified Ranko and Tutulugdzija that he was unable to direct to project due to family issues.

“The pair had a decision to make – put an end to the project or give it a go,” the press release said. “Juggling their day jobs, draining their savings, maxing their credit cards (and borrowing the rest) the two set out on a year-long journey that culminated in a 92-minute film, one they hope will inspire and entertain many with its message of hope and self-determination.

“With the help of a fresh out of college (and extremely talented) Cinematographer named Zach Salsman, the movie was completed. It is amazing what the power of the mind, technology, and a positive attitude can do.”

There is more info about the movie at:  http://jaydemeritstory.com/   or  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1370261090/rise-and-shine-the-jay-demerit-story?ref=live info about Zach at www.zachsalsman.com.
Justin A. Rice can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com.

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