Documentaries at film festivals have a reputation being depressing, dour affairs that tackle big social or environmental issues that more or less want you to crawl inside a dark cave and die. But not so! Sometimes they can be positively uplifting affairs, like “Linsanity,” which played at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and details the rise of NBA sensation Jeremy Lin. We have an exclusive clip from the doc (which features a little kid version of Lin that will make you go awwww), as well as the film’s poster. It proves that film festival docs don’t have to be grim. In fact, they can be as light and bouncy as a basketball and yet still make the same kind of impact.
The documentary is directed by Evan Jackson Leong, a protégé of “Fast & Furious” filmmaker Justin Lin, and premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. It chronicles the life of Jeremy Lin from an early age, then rising to become a college basketball player for Harvard University and on to some years struggling in the NBA before his big breakthrough as a player for the New York Knicks in 2012.
In the exclusive clip we see a young Lin play basketball, with commentary from those who watched it firsthand. In case you were wondering: a tiny Justin Lin in Palo Alto sinking baskets will be the cutest non-kitten-related thing you’ll see on the Internet all day.
Earlier this summer, Ketchup Entertainment picked up the movie for domestic distribution which opens on Friday, October 4th. Nothing can stop the Linsanity. Even now.