In 2012, the entire media landscape was abuzz about one man: basketball sensation Jeremy Lin. From gracing the covers of Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated to being satirized by Saturday Night Live, Lin captured the imagination, both here and abroad, like no single Asian American since Bruce Lee. In Linsanity, director and Bay Area native Evan Jackson Leong goes beyond the headlines to uncover the real story behind this cultural phenomenon.
The Jeremy Lin story begins in the suburbs of Palo Alto, where as a high-schooler Lin quickly impressed coaches and audiences with his uncanny ability and work ethic. Nonetheless, he received no athletic scholarships after graduating high school, and finally left the Bay to attend Harvard University, where he continued to prove himself on the court. Undrafted out of college and never given a full run in the NBA (even after spending time with his hometown team, the Golden State Warriors), he soon joined the New York Knicks as a backup, until injuries to starters propelled him onto the court…and into stardom. Lin scored more points in his first five NBA starts than any other player in the modern era, and he did it with style: in less than a month, Linsanity was born; with it came praise as “the ultimate underdog” and worldwide fame, but also a certain undercurrent of doubt, sometimes racially charged.
In Linsanity, the first documentary in over a decade to open the festival, filmmaker Leong and his crew give you courtside seats to Lin’s sudden rise, masterfully capturing the energy and hysteria that swept up this Palo Alto baller—and the world—along the way.
With a trove of home movies, jaw-dropping game footage and intimate interviews with family members, Leong’s inspirational portrait reveals a man who has infinite passion for his craft, yet still finds time to give back to communities and who, at the end of the day, is forever guided by his core values: faith and family.
Director Evan Jackson Leong, along with Producers Christopher Chen, Allen Lu, and Brian Yang will be in attendance.
Executive Producer: Sam Kwok, James Stern, Patricia Sun
Producer: Christopher Chen, Allen Lu, Brian Yang
Cinematographer: Evan Leong
Editor: Greg Louie
Special Presentations / 150 minsAttend CAAMFest’s Opening Night Gala at the magnificent Asian Art Museum and experience “China’s Terracotta warriors, The First Emperor’s Legacy” from 9:30pm - 12 midnight.
Preceded by: Linsanity
Preceded by: Linsanity