Linsanity The Movie

LINSANITY, the directorial debut of Evan Jackson Leong will open the 29th Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival


The story of Jeremy Lin’s road to what was known as Linsanity that swept the nation is the basis of a new documentary which will be the opening film at this Thursday’s 29th Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

LINSANITY is the directorial debut of Evan Jackson Leong and is produced by Christopher C. Chen (LOOPER; YEAR OF THE YAO; EVERY LITTLE STEP), actor Brian Yang (HAWAII FIVE-0; THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS), and Allen Lu. Daniel Dae Kim (HAWAII FIVE-O; LOST) narrates the film.

The documentary as described in the Kickstarter campaign that helped generate the funds to make this film possible, Jeremy Lin’s story is so improbable, Hollywood couldn’t script this for the absurdity of being too unrealistic.  Jeremy’s career is the antithesis of NBA convention. 

He grew up as a skinny Asian American kid in Palo Alto, CA, home to some of Silicon Valley’s most successful technology companies. The more we dug into his story, we saw how each seemingly unconventional turn became the foundation for the next opportunity – each success and challenge became a building block for bigger and better things, weaving together an impossible story that could only have ever happened that exact way.  

Jeremy is a private, simple, and humble person.  We requested to film him repeatedly, but he felt there wasn’t much of a story to tell.  At the time, it seemed laughable to him that his story would  be something people would want to hear.  Fortunately after much persistence, he graciously agreed to the cameras.  Before Linsanity, we were documenting a struggling basketball player and the wild turn of events he was leading. After Linsanity hit, we capture a determined athlete whom fans want to know “What makes this man tick?”

The film and its director has garnered high praise from 2013 Sundance Film Festival and South By Southwest Film Festival.

“We are excited to host the L.A. premiere of LINSANITY,” says David Magdael, Festival Co-Producer. “Celebrating opening night with this film, with Evan and his production team, is definitely a proud moment for our Asian American film community.”

This is the lead film of over 140 films from over 20 countries to be featured at this years festival. Some of the films up for awards and will be shown at this years festival are:

The 2013 documentary competition line-up includes:

• A RIVER CHANGES COURSE – Kalyanee Mam (Cambodia/United States)

• HARANA – Benito Bautista (Philippines/United States)

• JAKE SHIMAUKURO: LIFE ON FOUR STRINGS – Tadashi Nakamura (United States)

• LINSANITY  – Evan Jackson Leong (United States)

• RASKAL LOVE – Byron Q (United States)

• STATELESS – Duc Nguyen (United States)

• TO WEAVE A NAME (E Haku Inoa) – Christen Marquez (United States)

• TONGUES OF HEAVEN – Anita Chang (United States / Taiwan)

• WHEN I WALK – Jason DaSilva (United States/Canada)

• XMAS WITHOUT CHINA – Alicia Dwyer (United States)

The 2013 narrative competition line-up includes:

• ABIGAIL HARM – Lee Isaac Chung (United States)

• BEST FRIENDS FOREVER – Brea Grant (United States)

• CHINK – Stanley Yung (United States)

• THE HAUMANA – Keo Woolford (United States)

• THE PLAYBACK SINGER – Suju Vijayan (United States)

• SAKE-BOMB – Junya Sakino (United States)

• SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW – Nadine Truong (United States)

The 2013 international showcase line-up includes:

• COMRADE KIM GOES FLYING – Kim Gwang-hun, Nicholas Bonner, Anja Daelemans (North Korea/Belgium/United Kingdom)

• DREAMS FOR SALE (Yume Uru Futari) – Miwa Nishikawa (Japan)

• FALLEN CITY – Zaho Qi (People’s Republic of China)

• JISEUL – O Muel (South Korea)

• KEY OF LIFE (Kagi Dorobo no Mesotdo) – Uchida Kenji (Japan)

• THE SOUND OF CRICKETS AT NIGHT (Ainikien Jidjid ilo Boñ) – Jack Niedenthal, Suzanne Chutaro (Marshall Islands)

• TOKYO BOY – Sato Yoshinori (Japan)

• TOUCH OF THE LIGHT – Chang Jung-Chi (Taiwan, ROC)

• WHAT ISN’T THERE (Ang Nawawalang) – Marie Jamora (Philippines)


The 2013 line-up of special presentations includes:

• DEAD DAD – Ken J. Adachi (United States)

• HAFU: THE MIXED RACE EXPERIENCE IN JAPAN – Lara Perez Takagi, Megumi Nishikura (Japan)

• NICE GIRLS CREW: SEASON 2 – Tanuj Chopra (United States)

• YELLOWFACE – Jeff Liu (United States)

  • “Secret Screening Presentation” – (United States, South Korea)

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival begins Thursday and will close on May 12. Screenings of the films for opening weekend will be held at the Directors Guild of America theater as well as CGV Cinemas, situated in the heart of Los Angeles Koreatown.  Festival screenings will begin on Friday May 3, through the Closing Night Gala,  and wrap on May 12. The screenings in Long Beach will be held at the historic Art Theatre on Saturday, May 11.  For a schedule and tickets to view the films listed they can be purchased at by logging into  www.vconline.org/festival.

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Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography.

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