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Outtakes Online: Sundance loves ‘Linsanity’
BY MIKE GORDON / firstname.lastname@example.org
“Linsanity,” the documentary about NBA sensation Jeremy Lin, has impressed reviewers during its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
“The Hollywood Reporter” called “Linsanity,” which was co-produced by “Hawaii Five-0” regular Brian Yang and narrated by “Five-0” star Daniel Dae Kim, “a sports doc with abundant heart.” It premiered Sunday, the first of four screenings.
It was just a year ago that Lin exploded onto the national consciousness while playing for the New York Knicks. He had been told his whole life he wasn’t good enough to play professional basketball, but when he got a chance, he led the Knicks on a seven-game streak that electrified fans.
In his review in The Hollywood Reporter, Justin Lowe wrote: “Recapturing the joy Lin experiences while excelling on the court in that incomparable season — as fans at first discovered, then promoted and finally celebrated his accomplishments — Linsanity reaffirms that the best sports stories originate with dimensional, relatable subjects who earn respect and admiration through their personal struggles and triumphs.”
Steve Zeitchik of The L.A. Times called it “one of the most crowd-pleasing documentaries to play the festival this year.”
Mike Gordon covers film and television in Hawaii for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Email him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter. Read his weekly “Outtakes,” column Sundays in the Star-Advertiser.