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Project of the Day: Miguel Sano Heads to the Majors. Here’s His Story.

Project of the Day: Miguel Sano Heads to the Majors. Here's His Story.

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The Miguel Sano Story
Tweetable Logline:
To make it to the big leagues, baseball is the easy part.
Elevator Pitch:
At 15 years old Miguel Sano was plucked from obscurity and poverty
in the Dominican Republic and put on a path towards the Majors. Today he
is one of baseball’s top prospects and could be a star in the Big
Leagues in a few short years. But baseball is the easy part. Miguel
faces a jarring acculturation to American life, a painful separation
from his family and a growing web of hangers-on seeking to capitalize on
his success. We will tell, for the first time ever on film, the
complete story of a major athlete’s rise from anonymity to superstardom.
Production Team:

Co-Directors – Ross Finkel, Jon Paley, Trevor Martin –
Ballplayer: Pelotero (2012) – Co-Directors
12 O’Clock Boys (2013) – Associate Producers

Producer – Isaac Solotaroff
Wham! Bam! Islam! (2011) – Director
Ballplayer: Pelotero (2012) – Producer
Visioning Tibet (2005) – Director/Producer

About the Production:
“At the end of our film, “Ballplayer: Pelotero”, Miguel Sano signed a
jaw-dropping $3.15 Million contract with the Minnesota Twins. But
Miguel’s dreams didn’t stop there, and neither did ours. We realized we
had a unique opportunity to tell an in-depth story that many had
attempted and failed — a complex look at the rise of a professional
athlete. America’s pastime is changing, as Latinos makeup an ever
larger percentage of the game and our country. Miguel’s story is a
study of baseball’s future, and a classic look at the American dream
through the eyes of America’s fastest growing minority” — Jonathan Paley
Current Status:
In production, moving into post-production.
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