Did ya’ll get a chance to peep the Linsanity documentary yet? With the indie film on the Jeremy Lin phenomenon doing $103K on just nine screens over the weekend, I’d say a good number of you saw it. If you haven’t got a chance yet, check out this conversation between Linsanity director Evan Jackson Leong and Phil Yu aka Angry Asian Man on the Sound and Fury podcast.
Here’s a snippet of the convo:
On starting production long before Jeremy Lin was a household name:
We started his senior year at Harvard. There were certain things about him I could really connect to and relate to. He grew up in the Bay Area. He’s Asian American. The way he played — he wasn’t just a one-dimensional 7-foot-6 center, and he wasn’t just a shooter. He was a guard. He led the team. He was a leader. He was doing everything. And then I saw him dunking… he had some crazy dunks! For me, I’d never seen that. I mean, I’d seen Asian American guys dunk, but I’d never seen it done with that kind of aggression, playing on the mainstream level… We’d never seen that before. If anything, at least, a slow-motion [shot] of him dunking is going to inspire millions of kids. “Wow, if he can dunk, maybe I can try that.” And what he could potentially represent for the Asian male was really interesting for me, because I’ve always looked up to basketball players and I never got to see someone like him.
On working on a pre-“Linsanity” documentary with no apparent ending:
Our project had been shooting for three years. We didn’t know where it was going. He kept getting cut. Hanging out and talking with Jeremy, he wasn’t very happy. When he got traded and picked up by New York, I was like, “Cool, man! We can hang out!” He was like, “Yeah, I guess.” He wasn’t too happy. He got cut from his hometown team. That hurts, for your dream to be taken away from you.
So [the producers and I] met, we were like, “Let’s wrap this up.” We didn’t know where the story was going, or if there was going to be an ending. But we knew there was potential for this in Asia. We’d already seen that people love him in Asia. With the internet age and all, there’s potential for sponsorship, click-through, YouTube money, all that kind of stuff — just to at least cover our costs. We had like eight clips, we could do eight minutes each, and break parts of his life — high school, college, NBA, faith, video games. Just different things that represented him. Add some faith elements in there, some quotes, stuff like that. And we were all ready to wrap that up and move on. But a week later… February 4th.
Dope. Support that.