Jeremy Lin to attend Sundance Film Festival
05:00 AM, Jan 22, 2013
“Linsanity” is officially coming to the Sundance Film Festival.
Houston Rockets basketball star Jeremy Lin, the subject of the documentary Linsanity, will appear in person on Jan. 27, the festival’s final day.
“I’m excited for Jeremy that he will be able to experience his Sundance premiere after all,” says director Evan Jackson Leong. “I’m thrilled I’ll be able to watch the finished film with my film’s subject.”
Linsanity focuses on the worldwide effect the 6-foot-3 Asian-American point guard had when he came off the bench for the New York Knicks in February, 2012 and led the once-losing team on a 9-3 streak with prolific scoring and game-winning shots. His performance created a frenzy known as “Linsanity” that spread worldwide, given that he was the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA.
At the end of that season, Lin, then 23 years old, left the Knicks to join the Rockets.
Leong has filmed Lin since he was a stand-out guard at Harvard University and during a period where the undrafted player struggled to find a role in the NBA. The documentary cameras were rolling behind the scenes during Lin’s quick rise to international basketball hero.
Lin is able to attend the festival since the Rockets play the Utah Jazz on Jan. 28 and have the Sunday off for travel.
Winston Emano, a press representative for the film, says some of Lin’s Rocket teammates will join him for the screening, which takes place in Salt Lake City.
Linsanity premiered last week at a sold-out screening that drew fans from as far away as Hawaii.