Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story

DVD Release: June 5, 2012
Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story


Rise & Shine: The Jay DeMerit story is a 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. When he didn’t make the professional leagues in the U.S., Jay left for Europe at the age of 21 without any professional experience – only a passport, $1,800 and a backpack full of dreams. The film documents Jay’s journey from the bottom – playing in Sunday park leagues and semi-pro London clubs earning 40 pounds a week – to playing in the English Premier League – to starting in the 2010 World Cup. The Jay DeMerit Story is a story for anyone with a dream, a story of perseverance and hard work… it is a story that needs to be told.

Dove Review

This is the fantastic story of a determined young man’s goal to play pro soccer and his ultimate rise to fame. This great DVD features clips of soccer games, interviews with people who know Jay, and Jay himself as he takes the viewer on a tour of his road to success.

This inspirational DVD will encourage many viewers to go after their own goals. Soccer and sports fans will especially enjoy this film. We happily offer it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. This one has earned five Doves, our highest rating.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: G/OMG-2; Poop-1
Violence: None
Drugs: Men drinking in pub, apparently beer but not certain.
Nudity: Shirtless men; men playing soccer in shorts; cleavage.
Other: Tattoos seen on a few players.


Company: Gaiam/Vivendi
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 92 min.
Starring: Family members, coaches, friends, and professional athletes including Tim Howard, Stuart Holden, and Landon Donovan.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter