Funded! This project was successfully funded on July 18, 2011.

Photo-main
Play
00:00
00:00

The Jay DeMerit Story is a true story of a young American's journey to the 2010 World Cup - one never experienced in the soccer world.

When Jay DeMerit stepped onto the field to represent the United States at the 2010 World Cup it was truly an incredible moment. Jay had literally come from nowhere just years prior to being on the world's greatest stage.

This story may be about Jay but it is really about having a goal and never giving up. It is a film that anyone with a dream should watch.

Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story is the true story of a young American's impossible journey - a journey never experienced or heard of in the soccer world. 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, $1500 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 2010 World Cup. The Jay DeMerit Story is a story of perseverance, hard work and relentless belief in a dream...it is a story that needs to be told.  We are at a point where we have a near completed film but still need to license the rights to game footage and music.  Help us finish Jay's story and get it told.

WHO’S IN THE FILM

Shot on three continents (in cities including Green Bay, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, London, Johannesburg, and Rustenburg) and featuring interviews from Jay’s teammates and coaches (including Bob Bradley and U.S. National Team players such as Tim Howard, Stu Holden, and Carlos Bocanegra) friends, family, teachers, mentors, and influences along the way. Also features game footage of world stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Cesc Fabregas, and many more.  Includes behind the scene footage from Jay and his team at the 2010 World Cup straight from Jay's camera. 

OUR GOAL FOR THE FILM

Simply put, we want to get the film out to as many people as possible.  It is a film with a universal message of hope and self-belief, taking place in the world of soccer but carrying over into all facets of life.  We think it is a story that will inspire those who see it. In today's new distribution environment for independent films, filmmakers can take an active role in distributing their films.  We will explore all distribution options. We plan on taking the film on a tour throughout the country and elsewhere with Jay during his off-season and interacting with the fans who helped make this possible.

ABOUT KICKSTARTER

Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every month tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, art, film, technology, design, food, and other creative fields. Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T REACH OUT GOAL

If we don't raise our goal, we don't get anything.  Donors pledge the amounts, but don't actually pay until the goal is reached and the funding deadline has passed.  We want to avoid this so please spread the word.  Everything helps! When we meet our goal we will begin licensing the rights and finish the editing so that we can send you the DVD's and merchandise as soon as possible.  

HOW YOU CAN HELP

This film is only going to be possible with the help of you (soccer fans, independent film fans, and anyone who loves a positive, inspiring story).  We want this to be your film just as much as it is ours. The more people who Participate the more chance we have of getting the story out. To help out please Twitter it, "Like" us on Facebook, email this Kickstarter link and let your friends, teammates, supporter groups, and co-workers know about the film and this campaign. We would love for people to get involved on a local level. Email nickjlewis1@yahoo.com to get more information and become involved.

CLICKABLE LINKS TO ARTICLES AND OTHER GOOD STUFF:

SOCIAL MEDIA SITES:

WHO IS JAY DEMERIT:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE FILM AND FILM MAKERS:

WHEN WE REACH OUR GOAL THIS IS WHAT THE FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR:

Funds collected from Kickstarter will be used to obtain the licensing rights for footage and photos as well as license the music.  

COMPLETION INCLUDES:

  • Licensing the rights to game footage:
  • Licensing the rights to Premier League footage - $20,000 per minute x 2 
  • Licensing the rights to Championship footage - $12,000 per minute x 2 
  • Licensing the rights to U.S. National Team footage - $20,000 per minute x 2
  • Licensing the rights to World Cup footage - Approx. $50,000 per minute (cut out due to costs)
  • Licensing the rights to Photographs- Premier League, U.S. National Team,              World Cup - Approx. $750 per photo x 25
  • Licensing the rights to Newspaper articles, news footage - $12,500
  • Finishing the musical score and licensing songs - $35,000
  • Cost of producing trailer - $2,500
  • Graphics for film - $2,500
  • Marketing budget
  • Finishing the sound design, sound editing and sound mix
  • Finishing picture elements like color correction
  • On-line editing and mastering
  • Kickstarter.com and amazon monetary processing fee of 8%
  • Additionally, a portion of funds will be used to purchase dvd's, tshirts, and other merchandise as well as shipping costs for rewards.

Let's get Jay's story done the way it deserves to be done!

FAQ

1,937
Backers
$223,422
pledged of $215,000 goal
0
seconds to go
P1000316.medium

See full bio

  • Pledge $1 or more
    You selected

    83 backers

    A huge thank you for helping to get Jay's story out. Jay and the team will send you a video message expressing our gratitude.

  • Pledge $25 or more
    You selected

    922 backers

    Rise and Shine DVD and thank you video message from Jay and the team. Help make this happen! Be the first to get the DVD.

  • Pledge $50 or more
    You selected

    145 backers

    Rise and Shine Blu-Ray DVD and thank you video from Jay and the team. Includes special bonus footage from the film. Be the first to get the DVD. Help get Jay's story told!

  • Pledge $55 or more
    You selected

    279 backers

    By popular demand: Jay DeMerit designed t-shirt plus Rise and Shine DVD (not Blu-Ray DVD) and thank you video message from Jay and the team.

  • Pledge $75 or more
    You selected

    144 backers

    Jay DeMerit designed t-shirt plus Rise and Shine Blu-Ray DVD (or DVD) with special bonus footage along with thank you video message from Jay and the team. *Little known fact: Jay graduated college with an industrial design degree and likes getting artsy.

  • Pledge $100 or more
    You selected

    186 backers

    Limited Edition "Rise and Shine: The Jay Demerit Story" poster plus Jay DeMerit designed t-shirt plus Rise and Shine Blu-Ray DVD (or DVD) with bonus footage plus thank you video message from Jay and the team.

  • Pledge $250 or more
    You selected

    54 backers

    Special thank you in the film plus a personal phone call from the directors of the film plus Limited Edition "Rise and Shine: The Jay Demerit Story" poster plus Jay DeMerit designed t-shirt plus Rise and Shine Blu-Ray DVD (or DVD).

  • Pledge $500 or more
    You selected

    27 backers

    Autographed Jay DeMerit jersey plus special thank you in the film plus a personal phone call from the directors of the film plus Limited Edition "Rise and Shine: The Jay Demerit Story" poster plus Jay DeMerit designed t-shirt plus Rise and Shine Blu-Ray DVD (or DVD).

  • Pledge $1,000 or more
    You selected

    10 backers

    Autographed Jay DeMerit jersey plus special thank you in the film plus cleats signed by Jay DeMerit plus a personal phone call from Jay DeMerit plus Limited Edition "Rise and Shine: The Jay Demerit Story" poster plus Jay DeMerit designed t-shirt plus Rise & Shine Blu-Ray DVD (or DVD). Additionally receive a special PUMA prize pack. Jay is a PUMA sponsored athlete and PUMA has offered to donate prize packs to help the film. You are a legend!

  • Pledge $1,500 or more
    You selected

    4 backers All gone!

    Autographed Jay DeMerit jersey plus special thank you in the film plus Limited Edition "Rise and Shine: The Jay Demerit Story" poster plus Jay DeMerit designed t-shirt plus Rise & Shine Blu-Ray DVD (or DVD). You are a legend! PLUS a training session with Jay for you (or your child) and teammates!!! *Training session in Vancouver only

  • Pledge $5,000 or more
    You selected

    5 backers

    Executive Producer credit in the film plus autographed Jay DeMerit jersey plus cleats signed by Jay DeMerit plus a personal phone call from Jay DeMerit plus Limited Edition "Rise and Shine: The Jay Demerit Story" poster plus Jay DeMerit designed t-shirt plus Rise and Shine Blu-Ray DVD (or DVD). Additionally receive an extra special PUMA prize pack. Jay is a PUMA sponsored athlete and PUMA has offered to donate prize packs to help the film. You are a super legend!

  • Pledge $10,000 or more
    You selected

    5 backers

    First 2 people to pledge will get cleats which Jay wore in the 2010 World Cup which contain special design by Jay DeMerit plus Executive Producer credit in the film plus autographed Jay DeMerit jersey plus cleats signed by Jay DeMerit plus a personal phone call from Jay DeMerit plus Limited Edition "Rise and Shine: The Jay Demerit Story" poster plus Jay DeMerit designed t-shirt plus Rise and Shine Blu-Ray DVD (or DVD). Additionally receive an extra extra special PUMA prize pack. Jay is a PUMA sponsored athlete and PUMA has offered to donate prize packs to help the film. You are a beyond a legend! Additionally, each person will get to spend a day with Jay hanging out and playing soccer either in your city or a mutually convenient location (expenses not paid).

Featured!
Funding period

- (75 days)