The director and his crew did an excellent job in presenting a very personal and moving portrait of Jeremy, his struggles to overcome stereotypes, and particularly how he drew strength from his faith and his culture. The film benefited from the fact that the crew started film Jeremy several years ago when he was a senior at Harvard and long before his rise to international stardom last year. They were thus able to show the story of his high school and college careers when he had gained some recognition, but was not a huge star. The level of racism that he encountered was quite disturbing. Jeremy’s strength in the face of adversity is truly inspiring. I expect that this film will be picked up by ESPN and broadcast widely in the next few months. The film should be appealing to both sports fans and non- sports fans. While it is the journey of an athlete, it is really a story of perseverance and hard work that goes beyond just the realm of sports and should be widely relevant to people who have struggled in a wide variety of endeavors.
“Linsanity” is an actual word, except no one has the actual definition. The most common terminology may be “the awesome feeling of Jeremy Lin winning the ultimate basketball game”. My father and I loved watching basketball games together. This is the story of Jeremy Lin’s love for this sport and the reality of getting into the NBA. Jeremy Lin is a man of faith and expresses it to us in this documentary. Director Evan Leong stated at the Sundance Q&A the film started out only as a web series and turned into something greater. The story starts with his game against the LA Lakers facing off the legendary LeBron James. Those of us who know Jeremy Lin will already predict the end result but even find a deeper understanding of this incredible player. Leong did a fantastic job bringing this player to life. My only complaint would be the large amount of archival footage and him playing basketball and NBA games. We see that on TV all the time when there needed to be more of knowing him as a character. Great job from the entire team and I hope you get this film for the world to see.
Many Asian American men have long felt as though they stand on the outside of mainstream society looking in, and have suffered the indignity of receiving racist taunts and bigotry while being told they could not object because they did not have it as hard as others. The sight of Jeremy not only succeeding on the basketball court but leading his teammates and dominating his opponents has proven powerful. It’s a story of an underdog who makes good. A story of racism. A story of faith. A story of a down-to-his-last-chance basketball player who — after years of struggles — became an overnight sensation. And not just in the America, but around the world.
Still, Lin has seen enough of Linsanity to know that he wants people to see it — to understand the arc of his life, including the prejudices he’s had to deal with, like the waves of name-calling. As Lin told a reporter at the Sundance Film Festival: “Whether it’s racial boundaries, racial stereotypes, or even just a sports story, inspiring other people to pursue their dreams — I think there’s a lot of different angles with which I am hoping this film will be able to impact people.” Thanks to Kickstarter this film will be seen my many more people. If you’re a sports fan, this is a no-brainer. See this film.