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.
The Fight For A Dream
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And one of the things that, uh, I've always, uh, enjoyed during the time that I've had a chance to work with Jay is, um, he's fearless. Whether he's playing against a big name forward or not, there's part of him that... that, as he walks out the locker room onto the field, he gives you, uh... a little wink, and he gives you the confidence that "I'm ready for it; I'm gonna give you everything I have." And that fearless mentality, uh... that... that really pays off because it spreads itself ...