"Linsanity" is about to move from the basketball court to the big screen, as a documentary on Houston Rockets star Jeremy Lin will be shown in New York, San Francisco and 15 other cities in October.
Lin, the Asian-American NBA player, took the New York Knicks by storm during a 35-game stretch of the 2011-12 season, when the little used guard from Harvard became a household name because of his plays. The film documents his rise to stardom.
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"The film looks to be nothing short of special," said Alex Kay, of the Los Angeles Times. "The documentary follows the NBA star from his humble beginnings as a mediocre piano player in his youth to when he was a high school basketball standout. It also shows his struggles to earn a scholarship offer due to race and the trials and tribulations of making an NBA roster."
The documentary debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Last month, it was showed at the Asian American International Film Festival at Asia Society in New York City.
Ketchup Entertainment agreed in July to distribute the documentary to movie theaters, according to Variety magazine.
The documentary was financed by 408 Films and produced by Christopher Chen/Endgame Entertainment, Brian Yang/408 Films and Allen Lu. Filmmakers started following Lin in 2010 for the documentary while he was at Harvard.
ESPN.com's Robert Silverman said fans will also find how Lin
's faith played a large part of his perseverance and eventual success in becoming an NBA star.
"Beyond the improbable set of circumstances that surrounded Lin’s rise to superstardom, the overriding theme that pervades the film is that Jeremy Lin’s magical ride would not have occurred if not for his devout faith in God," Silverman wrote. "The documentary 'Linsanity' is peppered with sequences that delve further into its subject matter’s faith."
Lin started all 82 games for the Rockets last season, averaging 13.4 points and 6.1 assists per game and helping Houston to the NBA playoffs. Houston lost in the first round to the Western Conference No. 1 seed Oklahoma City.
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