Linsanity

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“An example of long-term documentary filmmaking paying off in ways few could have anticipated.” — Justin Chang, Variety

Year: 2013
Country: USA
Running time: 89 mins

Photography: Evan Jackson Leong
Producers: Christopher C. Chen, Allen Lu, Brian Yang
Editor: Greg Louie
Music: The Newton Brothers
Narrator: Daniel Dae Kim
In English and Mandarin, with English subtitles
HDCAM 

With: Jeremy Lin, Gieming Lin, Joseph Lin, Joshua Lin, Shirley Lin, Jim Sutter, Peter Diepenbrock, Stephen Chen, Mitch Stephens, Gary McKnight, Josh Fan, Pablo Torre

Festivals: Sundance, SXSW 2013

“When pro basketball player Jeremy Lin burst into the national consciousness in a flurry of record-setting games with the New York Knicks last winter, most fans – and even many sports professionals – had little clue about who he even was. While a surge of global enthusiasm, quickly dubbed ‘Linsanity’, pushed him to international celebrity, in reality Lin was struggling for the opportunity to sign a multi-year NBA contract. Chinese- American filmmaker Evan Jackson Leong already was shooting a documentary about Lin’s career well before the stardom stage, which allows him to bring an insider’s perspective to one of the NBA’s most memorable career starts… With a mix of personal interviews – including extensive on-camera discussions with Lin, combined with more informal scenes – home-video footage from Lin’s childhood and clips from his high school and college careers, as well as game-play commentary from ESPN and other broadcasters, Leong has assembled a film that’s not just a stirring sports drama but also a classic immigrant-family success story.” — Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter