‘Linsanity’ Documentary to Get Theatrical Release in Taiwan

Director Evan Jackson Leong’s film about NBA star Jeremy Lin and the international phenomenon he became during the 2012 season will open in October in the country of Lin’s family origins.

Taiwanese-American basketball star Jeremy Lin was in Taipei this week -- where "Linsanity" still runs at a fever pitch -- to announce the upcoming local release of Evan Jackson Leong’s documentary about his rise in the NBA during the 2012 season.

The feature, Linsanity, which premiered to some acclaim at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, will be released theatrically in Taiwan by Encore Film in October. The deal was negotiated by Michael Werner of Dutch/Hong Kong sales outfit Fortissimo Films and Encore president Khan Lee.

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“Jeremy is a superstar in Taiwan and an inspiration throughout Asia,” said Werner. “In Linsanity, director Evan Jackson Leong captures the heart and soul of this rising basketball hero. The story is a universal one that crosses cultures and borders.”

Lin, now with the Houston Rockets, is one of just a handful of Asian Americans ever to play in the NBA. His parents emigrated from Taiwan to the United States in the 1970s.