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.
We are pleased to present an encore screening of Linsanity to the Richmond Hill community, following the Toronto premiere on November 11.