Country: United States of America
Language: English
Year: 2013
Running Time: 88 min
In February 2012, the world of basketball unexpectedly went “Linsane.” Stuck in the mire of a disappointing season, the New York Knicks did what no other NBA team had thought about doing—they gave an undrafted, third-string point guard from Harvard named Jeremy Lin an opportunity to prove himself. He took full advantage, scoring more points in his first five NBA starts than any other player in the modern era, and created a legitimate public frenzy in the process. Prior to this now-legendary run, Lin had faced adversity in his career at every turn. Despite leading Palo Alto High to a shock California State prep title, he received no scholarship offers from any major university. Then despite a standout collegiate career at Harvard, he was not drafted by any NBA team.
Director Evan Jackson Leong
Producer Allen Lu
Producer Brian Yang
Producer Christopher C. Chen
Executive Producer James D. Stern
Executive Producer Patricia Sun
Executive Producer Sam Kwok
Narrator Daniel Dae Kim
Editor Greg Louie
Co- Producer Eleanor Nett
Co- Producer Josh Fan
Original Music The Newton Brothers
Director of Photography Jeff Kim
Jeremy Lin
LINSANITY serves as an insightful study of the way unlikely heroes are born and details the birth of a pop culture phenomenon in the modern technological age of instant, rapid-fire opinion.
Evan Jackson Leong  | director
LINSANITY is Evan Jackson Leongs first entry as a director at the Sundance Film festival. He previously worked with director Justin Lin on Better Luck Tomorrow (Sundance 2002) and on the action blockbuster, The Fast and the Furious. He also served as co-producer of Lin's Finishing the Game (Sundance 2007). Leong directed two half-hour, nationally broadcast films: Him Mark Lai: The People's Historian and Forging a Feature: The Journey of Better Luck Tomorrow. He previously completed his first feature-length documentary, 1040: Christianity in the New Asia.
Author: Justin Chang
“An example of long-term documentary filmmaking paying off in ways few could have anticipated, "Linsanity" energetically recounts Jeremy Lin's astonishing rise to NBA stardom. Capturing the excitement that erupted when the 23-year-old point guard galvanized the New York Knicks and became a global icon of Asian-American progress, Evan Jackson Leong's film makes the most of its superior access and exciting basketball footage, overcoming repetitive stretches by sheer dint of a tremendous underdog story.”
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Los Angeles Times
Author: Steven Zeitchik
"The montage of quick clips is slick and potent and right out of a Hollywood movie about an overnight success, only the story here is bolstered by being real."
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The Hollywood Reporter
Author: Justin Lowe
"A sports doc with abundant heart persuasively chronicles the emergence of a global phenomenon."
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Salt Lake Tribune
Author: Scott D. Pierce
“This is a story that is so Hollywood, if it weren’t true it would be laughed out of theaters. And filmmaker Evan Jackson Leong has made a very good documentary about a great story… It’s a story of an underdog who makes good. A story of racism. A story of faith. A story of a down-to-his-last-chance basketball player who — after years of struggles — became an overnight sensation. And not just in the America, but around the world.”
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