SuperCity: Last chance for ‘Linsanity’

Oct. 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

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The author with her "imaginary husband" at the Hawaii International Film Festival Spring Showcase earlier this year. (Courtesy photo)

The author with her “imaginary husband” at the Hawaii International Film Festival Spring Showcase earlier this year. (Courtesy photo)

BY CHRISTA WITTMIER / Special to the Star-Advertiser

It’s not easy being a sensation. The highs are sometimes so high the moment is lost because it’s an almost-illusion, and the lows can be excruciating. People find it easier to shrug their shoulders and call you overrated than take you seriously. You have to spend most of your life continuing to prove yourself at a level that is already so far reaching it’s near impossible.

POSTER LINSANITY 7

‘Linsanity’

Rated PG

Screens at 3:05, 5:10 and 7:15 p.m. today, Oct. 30, and tomorrow, Oct. 31, at Consolidated Pearlridge West 16
Click here to buy tickets online

Anyway, this is Jeremy Lin and thanks to the film “Linsanity,” we get to ride the wave with him through all of it. The fact that young director Evan Leong and his team were already filming a documentary about Lin years before “Linsanity” actually hit shows much more than what you may have seen on ESPN or in his GQ cover story. Sometimes all you need to know is someone’s story to truly appreciate and respect the whole idea of overnight success. Nine times out of then it’s not “overnight.”

I couldn’t wait to see the film when it premiered in Hawaii at the Hawaii International Film Festival Spring Showcase earlier this year, mostly because of Lin’s star quality and handsome-because-he’s-nerdy looks. I can admit it. What I walked away from was an unexpected burst of motivation to keep my head down and focus on working hard. Talent and timing is one thing, but you need to be working constantly to improve. You can always do better.

Even if you don’t like basketball or are particularly interested in Lin, I would still recommend seeing this film. To follow an athlete through the painstaking process of going from college sports to the pros is not only interesting but inspiring. I bumped in to the film’s producer and “Hawaii Five-0″ actor Brian Yang at HIFF earlier this month, and he was excited the film is playing a limited run at Consolidated Pearlridge West 16 after an incredibly warm welcome at the Hawaii premiere earlier this year.,

“HIFF Spring Showcase with ‘Linsanity’ was awesome,” Yang said via e-mail. “There was such a demand, HIFF had to open up a second theater to accommodate more people. The community there really embraced it. Having Daniel Dae Kim as our narrator is really special too as it further gives the film a local bond.”

The film wraps up its run in Honolulu tomorrow..

While I’m thinking about star-quality, I have to say the Hallowbaloo block party was better than ever this year. The only time I really can truly enjoy being in a huge crowd of people like that is when it’s okay to stare, point, smile and take photos. Halloween truly brings people out of their shells and the display of creativity some take on is seriously beyond Earth. Did anyone see the bumper cars?!?

My favorite by far was multifaceted “Five-0″ video engineer Shane Curtis and his housemates. Their costume made me second-guess how much I love living alone, because group Halloween costumes have got to be the most fun thing ever invented.

Together with Steve Mazur, Denver Coon, Michael Ogasawara, Shane Seggar and Keoki Dunn, they brought back the beloved Crazybox nightclub from the old Waikiki EDITION hotel in the street. What a perfect idea for a block party group costume! I hope they win some kind of costume contest. If not, I’m totally giving them their own “SuperCity” award for best costume. Super congratulations guys!

Shane Curtis, the “resident DJ” at Crazybox. (Courtesy Michael Ogasawara)

Crazybox "Security" Shane Seggar. The best part was the line that would form to get in and overhearing people say "It's harder to get inside here than the real Crazybox" (Image Michael Ogasawara)

Crazybox “security” Shane Seggar. The best part was the line that would form to get in and overhearing people say, “It’s harder to get inside here than the real Crazybox was!” (Courtesy Michael Ogasawara)

Once guests were "escorted" inside by "VIP Host" Denver Coon they were treated to music, flashing strobes, and true-to-life graphics creating the feeling like you were actually in a nightclub.  (Image Michael Ogasawara)

Once guests were “escorted” inside by “VIP host” Denver Coon, they were treated to music, flashing strobes and true-to-life graphics. (Courtesy Michael Ogasawara)


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Christa Wittmier has chronicled Honolulu nightlife since 2004. She is senior marketing director at Young’s Market Co. of Hawaii and executive director of music for POW! WOW! Hawaii, and also helps promote the popular “Bacardi Pool Party” on Oahu. Contact her via e-mail or follow her on Twitter.

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