The Evan Jackson Leong-directed pic was acquired by Taiwanese distributor Encore Film (安可電影股份有限公司) after a lengthy process fielded by the pic’s international sales agent Fortissimo Films.
Fortissimo, which has all rights outside the U.S. and mainland China, said that there was a bidding battle for Taiwan rights from the moment that it introduced the picture to buyers at the Hong Kong FilMart in March.
“Jeremy is a superstar in Taiwan and an inspiration throughout Asia. In ‘Linsanity’ director Evan Jackson Leong captures the heart and soul of this rising basketball hero,” said Fortissimo chairman Michael J. Werner.
The film follows Lin’s life from his childhood in Palo Alto, Calif., through his meteoric ascent to stardom in early 2012 with the New York Knicks in the National Basketball Assn., giving rise to the term “Linsanity.” Lin transferred to the Rockets in Summer 2012.
Leong started filming in 2010, while Lin was a relatively unknown basketball player at Harvard University.
Lin arrived in Taiwan early on Wednesday local time from the U.S. and will stay in the territory for a week. During that time he will host charity, evangelical and endorsement events as well as a basketball training academy withHouston Rockets teammate Chandler Parsons. Lin is scheduled to depart for China on Aug 21.
Lin was born in the U.S., but both his parents hail from Taiwan and emigrated to the U.S. in the 1970s.
The film project was financed by 408 Films, and produced by Christopher Chen/Endgame Entertainment, Brian Yang/408 Films and Allen Lu. It had its initial tip off at the Sundance festival and was also an official selection at South by Southwest.
In the US it will be released Ketchup Entertainment from October. Fortissimo has struck deals in other Asian territories. Asian distributors and theatrical release dates will be announced shortly. An Asian regional pay-TV deal is also understood to have been completed.
The deal between Fortissimo and Encore was inked by Werner and Encore president Khan Lee.
How a hardworking athlete like him still has tons of haters is beyond me.
OMG!!!! This is such good news!! Well ladies and gents, I present Linsanity the Movie to a theater near you!
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.
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.
I just received an email about an open internship with the Linsanity crew for the Summer/Fall 2013 period. Apparently, they’re mostly focusing areas such as LA, NY, SF Bay Area. If you’re interested, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. There are more details in the email, so if you are really interested, I will be on Tumblr/Twitter for the remainder of the night. Send me a message and I will forward you the message.
These are my top five rare videos of him:
As for pictures, I post whatever I find so scout through the pages… lol