A few weeks ago I received an email from a proud American/Serb. He had watched my videos on Youtube and wanted to say “thanks for not hating my country!” ahahah… He told me that he was one of the two directors in an AWESOME soccer story! He offered to send me a copy of his documentary!! I was thrilled!!!
The film is called ” Rise & Shine..The Jay DeMerit Story”. It 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!!
He put his heart, soul and savings into making this inspiring film possible!!! Serbs never forget their roots!!!
See the movie trailer…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH0teRkYHSA
Check out the review by Sports Illustrated…http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/grant_wahl/11/03/rise.and.shine/index.html
You can also see the entire story at http://jaydemeritstory.com/
GOOD LUCK RANKO!!!!! We are behind you all the way!!!!