Documentary by AHS grad sold to studio

Samuel Goldwyn Films announced that it is acquiring North American rights to a documentary shot by Jackson Myers, a member of the Ashland High School class of 2002.

Myers also served as one of the producers with writer/director Jason Wise of the feature-length documentary, "Somm," which chronicles the lives of four wine stewards obsessed with earning one of the world's most prestigious diplomas.

The Master Sommelier's competitive, level-four exam demands years of study, flawless tasting abilities and a deep knowledge of wine, spirits, sake, beer and cigars.

A story about Myers using a $100,000 high-speed, high-definition camera and a zoom lens to capture champagne bottles exploding at 1,000 frames per second was published in the Ashland Daily Tidings in November, when the film premiered at the Napa Valley Film Festival.

At the time, director Wise was courting distributors to release the film that captured on camera, for the first time, the exam by the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers. The deal with Samuel Goldwyn Films was announced Feb. 6

The film is scheduled to be released this summer.

Myers' parents are Ashland arborist Tom Myers and Lauren Schaffer, a French language professor at Southern Oregon University who once taught at AHS.

— Janet Eastman


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