Jeremy Lin’s ‘Linsanity’ Documentary Gets Distribution (EXCLUSIVE)

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Oct. 4 release date set

Ketchup Entertainment has acquired Evan Jackson Leong’s “Linsanity” and will release the documentary on Oct. 4.

The Jeremy Lin doc, which premiered at Sundance, will launch in Boston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco along with 10 to 15 other cities.

Film follows Lin’s life from his childhood in Palo Alto, Calif., to his meteoric ascent to stardom in early 2012 with the New York Knicks in the National Basketball Assn., giving rise to the term “Linsanity.” The film was an official selection at South by Southwest this year and screens Wednesday at the opening night of the Asian American International Film Festival at Asia Society in New York City.

The project was financed by 408 Films, and produced by Christopher Chen/Endgame Entertainment, Brian Yang/408 Films and Allen Lu. “Linsanity” started filming in 2010, while Lin was a relatively unknown basketball player at Harvard University.

Justin Chang of Variety gave the film a positive review:  “An example of long-term documentary filmmaking paying off in ways few could have anticipated, ‘Linsanity’ energetically recounts Jeremy Lin’s astonishing rise to NBA stardom.”

Ketchup Entertainment will partner with ARC Entertainment on the release of the film. Stephen Stanley of Ketchup negotiated the deal with Nick Ogiony and Dan Steinman of CAA, Gregory Schenz at Endgame Entertainment and Helen Dooley at Williams & Connolly.

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  1. I’m glad to see this film coming out. It’s about time Asian kids had someone in the media to look up to. People tend to imprint on those who look like them; this is all fine and dandy for white kids, who readily see themselves portrayed as doctors and lawyers and athletes. All too often Asian children are relegated to being doctors and nothing more, which (while a fine profession) is a pretty limited scope. Believe it or not, but some Asian kids want to play ball; it’s hard to motivate yourself to rise above and beyond when everyone tells you that Asians just don’t do that, so get back in your neat little rice paper box, please. We need more Asian male role models:

  2. All the critics will be surprised, when Linsanity rakes in $100 million + at the box office. Produced and directed by a true independent artist. And distributed by a small company nobody ever heard of.

  3. Douglas Lee says:

    All I have to say is that Jeremy Lin and the whole Linsanity thing was an economic stimulus. He alone helped stimulate the economy in the first half of 2012. Jeremy Lin = the man

  4. Duck says:

    Love, love, love LINSANITY!

  5. Grace says:

    Can’t wait to see this movie. He really is inspirational and a great role model. MsPROOFthatGODexists is absolutely right that he inspires many and the NBA loves him because they have a new fan base of people of ALL races and beliefs who would never have watched basketball if it weren’t for Jeremy Lin.

  6. phan says:

    Lin’s story brought a renewed interest in the NBA and the Knicks that has never really been seen before. The director of this movie is incredibly lucky to have followed him at the beginning of his amazing hot streak and can tell this story first hand in what looks like to be a great documentary

  7. THIS IS GREAT NEWS!!! I love Jeremy Lin! He’s the only reason I watch professional basketball, and I’m not even Asian. His inspiration transcends race, and he’s one of the FEW commendable role models on sports today. I don’t care who he plays for…I will be watching and supporting him wherever he goes! GO JEREMY!!

  8. Jonathan says:

    I know they’re screening it in a few cities, but does this mean that the film will be released via DVD or in theaters?

  9. Jj B says:

    what does this mean? Straight to dvd?

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