Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Evan Jackson Leong|
James D. Stern
|Narrated by||Daniel Dae Kim|
|Music by||The Newton Brothers|
|Cinematography||Evan Jackson Leong|
|Distributed by||Ketchup Entertainment|
January 20, 2013 (Sundance)|
March 14, 2013 (CAAMFest)
October 4, 2013 (US release)
The film traces Lin's life from his childhood in Palo Alto, California to his rise to prominence in 2012 with the New York Knicks in the National Basketball Association (NBA). It shows him overcoming discouragements and racism and achieving success through his faith and desire. The New York Times wrote that it also offered a rare view of Christianity among Asian Americans. Leong had filmed Lin since he was a star college basketball player at Harvard University and during his early struggles in the NBA. The film is narrated by actor Daniel Dae Kim.
Linsanity premiered to a sold-out screening at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2013. The Los Angeles Times wrote that it received a "rousing response, easily making it one of the most crowd-pleasing documentaries to play the festival this year." Linsanity was the opening night film for the CAAMFest film festival in San Francisico, where it opened to a sellout on March 14. It made its Asian premiere on March 30 in a sold-out screening at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. The film also opened the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on May 2.
The film's distribution in the United States was being handled by Creative Artists Agency, while Fortissimo Films obtained the international distribution rights. Ketchup Entertainment, LA based distribution company, picked up US distribution rights for Linsanity on July 24, 2013. Stephen Stanley of Ketchup negotiated the deal with Nick Ogiony and Dan Steinman of CAA, Gregory Schenz at Endgame Entertainment and Helen Dooley at Williams & Connolly. The film was shown at art houses, and was subsequently made available for download and DVD.
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