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Jay DeMerit Story returns for encore at Point tonight

Post by Jesse Russell on 11/21/2011 2:00pm

After selling out an exclusive engagement earlier this month Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story is returning for an encore presentation tonight at Marcus Point Cinema. The film follows the life of Green bay born Jay DeMerit who was unable to kickstart a professional soccer career in the United States, so he packed up and headed to the U.K. Above the average draft age and with little mone in his pocket, DeMerit was able to rise up from playing in pub leagues all the way to the Premier League and finally starting in the World Cup for Team USA.

Much like DeMerit's battle to the top the film was funded mostly by community support. The producers were able to raise more than $200,000 through a kickstarter campaign. That money allowed the producers to pay for the licensing of footage they used in the film, so they could finally screen it in theaters around the world. An article in the U.K.'s Guardian detailed the journey from dream to screen.

"We hired a professional director from London and we had everything planned to go, but a week before we were supposed to come, he had an emergency with his wife's pregnancy and he pulled out. We were trying to find a new director, but it couldn't be put off – in the end we got to England a day before his last home game ever [for Watford], which was really special. We were going to let the experts do it, but when that didn't happen we had a moment in time to make it. We just had to do it without a director. We hired a young cameraman – just out of college, no experience – got on the plane and did the best we could.

"Nick and I, we had no idea what we were doing. You know what, we figured it out along the way. Film is so special because it opens its arms up to anyone who has the passion or the heart. And for me, even though we lacked experience, we had the heart for it."

Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story shows tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Marcus Point Cinema.

Jesse Russell


Jesse was born and raised in Connecticut, began blogging in 1997, and moved to Madison in 2003. In 2005, he co-founded dane101 along with Kristian Knutson and Shane Wealti. In addition to helping nearly a dozen contributors run this website he's helped launch various events in the city including What's Your Damage?!, the MadPubQuiz of Awesomeness, the Fire Ball Masquerade, Dane101's Freakin' Halloweekend, and more.