Jeremy Lin’s presence on the court may not be all that impressive in 2012-13, but away from the game, the point guard is a huge star.
The Houston Rockets stud had been doing commercials and making other public appearances for sponsors, but has now branched out by helping to share his personal story on the big screen.
Filmmaker Evan Jackson Leong happened to be following the Taiwanese-American superstar from his time at Harvard up until he put together one of the finest 25 starting game stretches we have ever seen from a previously unknown player.
Fortunately for fans, he happened to have the camera rolling during this entire process and it was edited into a comprehensive documentary now known as Linsanity.
The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival last week and received a standing ovation from the audience. Leong spoke to Scott D. Pierce of The Salt Lake Tribune about the experience and getting selected to screen in the festival:
As we were shooting, we didn’t have an ending. And in February last year, he gave us an ending. This is an amazing opportunity. This is any director’s dream. I was speechless when I found out we got in.
Lin himself had some good fortune (a reoccurring theme in his rise to stardom) to be able to make an appearance at the Park City, Utah-based event in order to speak and field questions.
According to Clifford Pugh of Houston Culturemap, Lin talked of his faith and then cracked some jokes about his bed—an important purchase after living on Landry Fields’ couch during his time with the Knicks:
I don’t really have too many nice things. I pretty much dress the same and live the same [referring to the three-year, $25 million deal he signed with Houston in the offseason]. But my bed is awesome.
It shouldn’t be long before the doc reaches a mass audience. As Josh L. Dickey of Variety noted, the film is a “buzzer-beater away from closing a distribution deal.”
Considering Linsanity sold out at Sundance and brought in viewers from all over the country, there should be plenty of distributors lining up to bring the film to the world.