‘Linsanity’ may screen at Forum 8 Theaters


Alice Yu

A flyer distributed by the Asian American Association at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
A flyer distributed by the Asian American Association at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
The worldwide obsession with  Houston Rockets player Jeremy Lin faded into background noise for most, but director Eric Leong is about to catapult Lin’s life  onto the big screen. On Monday, Nov. 17, Goodrich Forum 8 Theaters will possibly screen Linsanity, a documentary that packages Lin and his journey, included pre-fame, in an 88 minute film.

Linsanity was originally a limited screening, only playing in 12 cities in the United States, but the Asian American Association at the University of Missouri-Columbia brought a chance to see Linsanity to Columbia.

“I was contacted by a personnel on the production team,” president of the AAA Victoria Yu said. “She gave me all the information and how I could apply to bring Linsanity to Columbia.”

Yu brought this idea to the AAA’s executive board, which subsequently agreed to apply for a screening of Linsanity in Columbia.

“A few weeks ago it was finally confirmed that Forum 8 theater would be willing to screen this documentary.” Yu said.

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Linsanity, which began filming three years ago, chronicles the life of Jeremy Lin, from when he played basketball as a young child, to his high school life at Palo Alto, California, onto the roller coaster journey of his NBA career, giving a chance for Lin to tell his side of his success story. But Forum 8 will only be able to show Linsanity if 89 people reserve their $12 tickets by Monday, November 11.

With only 19 tickets reserved and only three more days to sell 70 tickets, Columbia is about to miss out on an opportunity to “see an inspirational story,” Yu said.

“It’s just really cool to see Asian American identity and sports being brought together,” Yu said. “Being able to bring this documentary to Columbia to share his story, his past and his journey to the rise in the NBA, it’ll just be very inspirational to all of us: Asians, Asian Americans, anyone in general.”

Another trait that catches the attention of students is his education at Harvard.

“Not only is [Lin] a good basketball player,” sophomore Stephanie Kang said, “he’s also a good student because he went to Harvard, so that’s very intriguing.”

This documentary can also serve as an opportunity for students to learn the life lessons from Lin’s life.

Sophomore David Ezeji says that he hopes to learn, “some of the things that [Lin’s] done over a short period of time that helped him to become the player that he is and the stardom that he’s created.”

To watch a documentary that can shed light on Jeremy Lin’s past and his path to fame, interested viewers must reserve tickets by Monday, Nov. 11. The theater will only charge the $12 payment when the 89 person quota is reached.
Full disclosure, author interviewed family member.
By Alice Yu
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