18th Annual Edition
November 6-16, 2014 

Closing Night Gala: Linsanity

10 November 2013 20:00

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The Royal 608 College Street, Toronto, ON M6G 1B4, Canada

Closing Night Gala: Linsanity

The meteoric rise of Jeremy Lin, from an NBA benchwarmer to a worldwide phenomenon, coined the term “Linsanity” and created one of the most unforgettable stories in sports and Asian American history.

USA 2013 | 88:00 | English, Mandarin with English subtitles | Rated G | Toronto Premiere | BUY TICKETS
  • Evan Jackson Leong (in attendance)
  • Christopher Chen, Allen Lu, Patricia Sun, James D. Stern, Sam Kwok, Brian Yang
  • CAST
  • Jeremy Lin, Daniel Dae Kim (narration)
  • Sundance 2013, CAAMfest 2013, SXSW 2013, Hong Kong International Film Festival 2013

In 2010, director Evan Jackson Leong approached a relatively unknown Harvard University Taiwanese American basketball player seeking to document his life on film. Little did he know that Jeremy Lin would experience a meteoric rise to athletic stardom.

By 2012, Lin had created an unexpected public frenzy—garnering the moniker “Linsanity” after scoring more points in his first five starts for the New York Knicks than any other player, before joining the Houston Rockets as a free agent. Prior to this now-legendary ascent, Lin had faced major adversity at every turn in his career, almost quitting his NBA dream when he wasn’t drafted, despite a standout season at Harvard.

Featuring rare home footage and interviews with Lin’s family and friends, Linsanity is more than just a film for sports fanatics. It’s a story of how race is perceived in the media and an inspirational account of how a strong work ethic and devotion to faith and family are what counts amid fan hysteria and fame.


Evan Jackson Leong is a director and documentary filmmaker based in New York City. He has worked with director Justin Lin on Better Luck Tomorrow (2002) and Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006). He was co-producer of Lin’s Finishing the Game which opened Reel Asian in 2009. In 2010, he directed 1040: Christianity in the New Asia.

Closing Night Party

Sun Nov 10, 10:00 pm–1:00 am Bar Italia 582 College St $5 or Free with Closing Night ticket stub

Following the closing night screening of Linsanity, follow us a few steps down the street to our wrap-up party, where the DJs from Pop! Goes the World will spin a mix of K-Pop, J-Pop, and house beats to close out our 17th year with a celebration to remember!



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