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Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story

Producers seek funds to complete underdog documentary

Jay DeMerit has a great story.  It’s an especially enjoyable tale if you’re a soccer fan, but anyone who likes dogged determination stories will find much to admire in the narrative of DeMerit’s soccer career.  He went from an undrafted, unknown dude from Wisconsin all the way to the top level of British soccer, ultimately representing the US in last summer’s World Cup (he now plays for Vancouver in MLS).

Demerit’s story would make a perfect addition to the string of quality sports movies from Disney and producers Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray (The Rookie, Miracle, Invincible, Secretariat).  Alas, Hollywood thinks soccer movies don’t make money (and they’re pretty much correct).  All the more reason to check out this article and support the documentary.  You can see the goose-bumps-inducing trailer here.  I can’t wait to see the completed version.

Would you go see a documentary or movie about Jay Demerit?