Linsanity (image 1)

An example of long-term documentary filmmaking paying off in ways few could have anticipated.

Justin Chang, Variety

Screened as part of NZIFF 2013

Linsanity 2013

Directed by Evan Jackson Leong

This close-up encounter with NBA star Jeremy Lin was in the works long before he exploded onto the scene in February 2012. “Not just a stirring sports drama but also a classic immigrant-family success story.” — Hollywood Reporter

USA In English and Mandarin with English subtitles
89 minutes HDCAM

Director, Photography

Producers

Christopher C. Chen
,
Allen Lu
,
Brian Yang

Editor

Greg Louie

Music

The Newton Brothers

Narrator

Daniel Dae Kim

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