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Rise & Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story (2011)

A documentary on the rise of professional soccer player Jay DeMerit from being overlooked in the U.S. to struggling in England to World Cup player recognition.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jay DeMerit ...
Subject of film
Karen DeMerit ...
Jay's Mother
Todd DeMerit ...
Jay's Brother
Michael J. Jameson ...
Jay's Track Coach & Family Friend
Kevin Phillips ...
Jay's Basketball Coach
Aldo Santagá ...
Jay's Soccer Coach
Mike Matkovich ...
Chicago Fire Assistant Coach
Brett Hall ...
Chicago PDL Coach
Keiron Keane ...
Jay's Friend (as Kieren Keane)
Brothers Grant ...
Jay's Childhood Friends
Dennis Bainborough ...
Southall Town FC Coach
Henry Weatherly ...
Former Arsenal FC & Fulham FC Scout
Jordan Keane ...
Jay's Former Housemate
Courtney Keane ...
Jay's Former Housemate
Ashley Keane ...
Jay's Former Housemate


Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story is the true story of a young American's impossible journey. After college, Jay's dream of playing pro soccer in Europe seemed unreachable. Sleeping in an attic, painting houses and eating beans and toast to survive, Jay took the most unlikely route to the top. 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, $1800 and a backpack full of dreams. The film documents Jay's 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 world's greatest sports stage - the 2010 World Cup. The Jay DeMerit Story is a story of perseverance, hard work and a relentless belief in a dream...it is a story that needs to be told. Written by Anonymous

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The Fight For A Dream



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This film raised over $223,000 on kickstarter.com, making it the most successful independent film via crowd funding. See more »


Bolton FC: You know, they talk about the odds of becoming... from a college soccer player to becoming a pro, and becoming from a regular soccer player to becoming a pro-athlete, and then you think about the few that are privileged to... to be the twenty-three best in... in the... in your nation and, uh, representing your country as a whole in the... in the World Cup, and it really... it really kind of puts things into perspective for you.
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Every American Soccer player should see this movie
5 November 2011 | by (Santikos Palladium San Antonio, TX) – See all my reviews

Fantastic movie. This movie will inspire and motivate you to achieve any dream you so desire. If you are a soccer player who wants to get to the highest level then this movie is for you. If your not a soccer fan than this movie will show you that any dream is possible. Its an incredible story of determination an desire! It's the story of a soccer player that nobody would give him a chance in the states. So he sets out to do the impossible. He heads to England to play. Bicycling and jumping trains to tryouts he finally gets his break. Living on beans and toast while living in an attic. He goes from the lowest level in England to the highest division in the land, the English Premier League. But Jay is not through yet. He sets his sights even higher and eventually makes it to the World Cup. Dreams do come true. Don't miss this movie!

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