Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Time for Linsanity, the movie
Looking back, Jeremy Lin’s excellent adventure in February, 2012, seems more like a corny Disney movie than real life, a vibe reinforced by “Linsanity,’’ a documentary of his stranger-than-fiction story that hits select theaters in seven cities - including at AMC Village Theater in Manhattan - on Oct. 4.
The long, winding tale of how the film, funded in part through Kickstarter, came about is almost as interesting as that of Lin himself.
It began while Lin still was at Harvard and accelerated when Lin and his family agreed after numerous failed attempts to allow cameras to follow them during his rookie NBA season with the Warriors.
The original idea was to produce a modest web series, but as time went by the filmmakers, including director Evan Jackson Leong and producers Christopher Chen, Brian Yang and Allen Lu, realized they had a feature length movie on their hands.
Lin speaks extensively about the importance of his religious faith, but that subject does not dominate the film.
By the time he took the sports world by storm, the filmmakers were fully embedded, recording behind-the-scenes footage – including a telling interview the night before he joined the Knicks – that would have been journalistic gold back then.
Therein is a problem for the film: timing. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and only now is ready for its theatrical and VOD release.
So many of the events depicted will seem like ancient history to Knicks fans. But what a piece of history it was. “Linsanity’’ offers a unique perspective on a unique moment in New York sports history.