Berlin 2013: Fortissimo Catches 'Linsanity'
The Hong Kong-Amsterdam company lands world rights, excluding North America and China, for the well-received documentary about the rise of Taiwanese-American NBA star Jeremy Lin.
BERLIN -- Fortissimo Films has secured worldwide rights, excluding North America and China, to Linsanity, the documentary about the Taiwanese-American NBA star Jeremy Lin.
Evan Jackson Leong´s film -- a joint production from Endgame Entertainment, 408 Films and Allen Lu -- premiered at Sundance to rave reviews. The film is screening at the European Film Market and also will feature at Hong Kong Filmart. CAA will handle the film´s U.S. rights.
The documentary tracks the rapid rise of the Houston Rockets star, who went from discarded squad player to international superstar within a few weeks in the beginning of 2012 when he was recruited by the New York Knicks, thrust into an injury-riddled team and became the team's leading scorer in his first five starts.
“Jeremy is an inspiration to people around the world. He has transcended his roots and become a global superstar and hero to millions,” said Winnie Lau, Fortissimo´s executive vp sales and acquisitions, who negotiated the deal with Endgame´s Christopher C. Chen.
“We are thrilled to bring his story to international audiences and as its world premiere at Sundance demonstrated," she added. "Jeremy and his story will touch both hearts and minds and prove an inspiration to people around the globe, transcending culture, language, class and ethnicity.”