SBD/January 23, 2013/People and Pop Culture
New Documentary On Rockets' Jeremy Lin Offers Insider's View Of "Linsanity"
Published January 23, 2013
UP CLOSE & PERSONAL: In L.A., Steven Zeitchik wrote “Linsanity” premiered to a “rousing response, easily making it one of the most crowd-pleasing documentaries to play the festival this year.” First-time feature director Leong tells the story “in great detail, going back to Lin’s childhood in Palo Alto to the weeks that changed everything last February” when Lin played for the Knicks. Leong’s access to Lin “can lead to lack of distance -- there’s a bit of a hagiographic air to the tale, and Lin is given a little too much time to indulgently tout his faith.” But it also “gives us an intimate knowledge of a world we often only see at press-room distance.” The film “covers plenty of ground that will be familiar to hard-core sports fans, but it also unearths new nuggets” (L.A. TIMES, 1/21). In Salt Lake City, Scott Pierce wrote the film is a “skillful mix of interviews, home movies, NBA film and candid moments.” Leong “hits on the issues of racism and Lin’s religious faith, but he doesn’t hit you over the head with them.” This is the “feel-good movie of the festival,” and the fact that it is a “real story is the most unbelievable thing about ‘Linsanity’” (SLTRIB.com, 1/22). Lin "couldn't attend the premiere" at Sundance, but "now he'll appear on the very last day of the festival" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/23).