The documentary that began filming long before Linsanity became a pop culture reference. American's favorite unlikely sports hero. Read more
This project was successfully funded on February 15, 2013.
About this project
Help us get to 2000 backers and every reward receiving backer gets a special edition THANK YOU button w/ Jeremy's signature printed. Tell your friends! Even as little as $1 per backer can help us get there.
LA Times: "Uber-inspirational tale"
Hollywood Reporter: "A sports doc with abundant heart persuasively chronicles the emergence of a global phenomenon"
Sundance Film Festival: "First-time director Leong blends … components into a fascinating tapestry"
Salt Lake Tribune: "The making of 'Linsanity' is almost as amazing as Jeremy Lin’s sudden rise to worldwide fame"
LA Times: "One of the most crowd-pleasing documentaries to play the festival this year"
Before the glossy magazine covers and marriage proposals from “Linsane” fans, Jeremy Lin was a quiet NBA journeyman, so unknown to the public eye, the New York Knicks’ security guards didn’t recognize him well enough to let him into the arena. For months, in a grind that would wear anyone down, Jeremy struggled to hold onto a roster spot in the sport he grew up loving. Days from being cut by the third consecutive basketball team, no one could have ever predicted what was going to happen next. The unassuming Harvard alum would take us on one of the wildest rides in sports history as fans all around the world began to take notice.
What began as a film project to document the life of an overlooked NBA walk-on became our all-access pass to one of the unlikeliest stories ever to be told. We have gained exclusive footage with friends, family, teammates, pastors, and Jeremy himself, from home videos of a young Jeremy taking it to the hoop, his personal reflections as he struggled through stints in the NBA D-League, that Christmas day when he was cut by the Rockets, to when he joined the Knicks with a coach he had yet to speak to and a playbook he hadn't even seen. We traveled with him to Asia to explore his family roots and interviewed him about his hopes and aspirations in the NBA.
We have had the exclusive permission to document Jeremy's personal life for several years now, capturing never-before-seen footage of him at the highest and lowest points in his basketball career. An intimate portrayal of a rising hero fighting unbeatable odds, it is our joy to share Jeremy Lin’s story with you now.
What is this documentary about?
Jeremy Lin’s story is so improbable, Hollywood couldn’t script this for the absurdity of being too unrealistic. Jeremy’s career is the antithesis of NBA convention. He grew up as a skinny Asian American kid in Palo Alto, CA, home to some of Silicon Valley’s most successful technology companies. The more we dug into his story, we saw how each seemingly unconventional turn became the foundation for the next opportunity - each success and challenge became a building block for bigger and better things, weaving together an impossible story that could only have ever happened that exact way.
Jeremy is a private, simple, and humble person. We requested to film him repeatedly, but he felt there wasn't much of a story to tell. At the time, it seemed laughable to him that his story would be something people would want to hear. Fortunately after much persistence, he graciously agreed to the cameras. Before Linsanity, we were documenting a struggling basketball player and the wild turn of events he was leading. After Linsanity hit, we capture a determined athlete whom fans want to know “What makes this man tick?"
What is Kickstarter?
Kickstarter is a meaningful platform for creative projects like ours to secure the funding needed to be able to properly finish our film. It allows you, the fans, to be a part of our project at an early stage by pledging money towards the cause. In return, we have gifts for you based on your pledge donation. You will only be charged your pledge amount if we reach our entire funding goal in time. Once the funding drive is over and we finalize the film, we will mail out the ‘thank you’ gifts.
Who are we?
The team is made up of four individuals:
We represent talent with documentary directing and producing experience. We have current working relationships with the NBA and have worked with NBA Entertainment on past projects. We are familiar with domestic and international film distribution and marketing. And, perhaps most importantly, we are big basketball fans. With your help, we can deliver a beautiful film that will surprise and delight audiences all over.
What do these funds go towards?
This is an independent film that has not been financially backed by any major Hollywood movie studio. The small amount of money we raised at the start of this project has long been spent on basic expenses such as travel for filming. Now we are faced with increasing expenses to finish the film including sound editing, graphics, color-correction, and general licensing for such things as footage, music, photos, etc.
How can I get more involved?
We know many people are interested in being part of our word-of-mouth team and help promote the film. We will definitely enlist your help when we’re ready! In the interim, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest.
We also know that some individuals may be interested in donating more than $10,000. We are excited to have such great support and would love to discuss what that engagement may look like. Jeremy has offered to personally help us with the thank-you gifts that come with such a generous donation. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email email@example.com.
An extra special thanks to Justin Chen for his help with our social media and graphic design, including the buttons.
Risks and challenges
We are an experienced team made up of diverse backgrounds. We've already crossed many obstacles during the filming of this project and will continue to tackle challenges head-on with the resources we have. We've approached this project having taken very little outside funding. Our hope is that with these funds we can finish this project and tell the story we have always envisioned, free from any outside financial or creative pressures. We are confident these funds can get us past the finish line.
If we’re unable to raise the full amount and need additional funds, we could turn to outside funding sources. Please know that would be our last resort. If we exceed our goal, we would be ecstatic! Any additional funds would be used towards the film’s marketing efforts. Our hope is to reach as many people with our film and this story. That has been our mission since the start and, despite the sacrifices we’ve made along the way, we remain committed to our goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We currently haven't worked out the logistics of doing a digital download. We definitely recognize the interest and if we can make it work everyone $50 and greater will get the digital download for free.
We are currently working on making this option available. Stay tuned.
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Our deepest gratitude. This project wouldn't exist if it weren't for fans like you. THANK YOU!Estimated delivery:
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We will send you an Exclusive Collectible Linsanity Movie Button and Sticker to swagout your laptop, briefcase, purse, car, basketball, etc.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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What better way to memorialize Linsanity than with your own DVD! When the DVD is ready, we will send you one DVD for your keepsake! The DVD may take longer to make so in the interim we'll send you a Poster, Exclusive Button, and Sticker to make sure you're swagged out.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Ask and you shall receive. Blu-Ray DVD option now available by request. The DVDs may take longer to make so in the interim we'll send you a Poster, Exclusive Button, and Sticker to make sure you're swagged out.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Due to an overwhelming number of requests, we're adding a reward to include the whole button collection! You'll get all 9 buttons that chronicle each stage in his career, the whole Collection! You'll get the poster and sticker in April as well as the DVD when it is ready later this year.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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We are really thankful for you involvement. We will recognize and thank you in the CREDITS of our film! We also will personally write you a thank you card from one of the creators. Lastly you can immortalize your involvement by having your own DVD copy and also Poster, Button, and Sticker of course.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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You're instrumental to our project success! To say "Thank You!" we will setup a call between you and one of our creators! Hear all about how this project started years before Linsanity. Ask us anything about this long journey and our time working with and telling Jeremy's story. You'll also get a thank you credit in the film as well as a DVD, Poster, Button, and Sticker.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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We love you guys! All current $1k backers are grandfathered into this reward. Who doesn't want Jeremy Lin signed stuff? We do! Signed DVD and signed Poster are yours. Along with a call between you and one of our creators! Hear all about how this project started years before Linsanity. Ask us anything about this long journey and our time working with and telling Jeremy's story. You'll also get a thank you credit in the film as well as a SIGNED Blu-Ray DVD, SIGNED Poster, Button, and Sticker.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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0 backers Limited (25 left of 25)
WOW! Its clear you are one of us and want to be part of this project! To thank you we will send you a signed Jeremy Lin jersey and signed DVD! (Signed by Jeremy Lin just in case it wasn't clear) You will get to chat with one of us creators. We'll make sure to share all about the funny interviews and experiences we went through to make the film along with answer any other questions you may have. You will be thanked in our film credits and make sure you get your personal copy of the DVD, Poster, Button, and Sticker.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Thank you so much for your support! We appreciate your support so much let us come thank you personally, we'll take you and a few friends/family out for dinner, give you an exclusive peek at the documentary, and share some behind the scene footage as well. We'll make sure to bring lots of swag for you (Signed jersey, Signed DVD, Poster, Button, Sticker). We'll make sure to thank you in the credits of the film of course!
For those interested in pledging >$10,000, please contact us and we can work out something special. Jeremy has offered to help us creatively here as well. Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgEstimated delivery:
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