Five-0’s Brian Yang, aka “Charlie Fong,” is one of four producers on the Jeremy Lin documentary, “Linsanity.” A bunch of us saw the first screening here in Hawaii at HIFF – Hawaii International Film Festival – back in April 2013. Since then, they’ve successfully screened at many film festivals around the world. It has finally opened in theaters in limited locations October 4th, 2013. Hawaii was one of the ten cities selected to play it and it opened here on October 11th, 2013.
Brian was traveling in Taipei, Taiwan for their screening and came back to Hawaii for a special Tuesday night screening and tweetup with us on October 15, 2013. The theater was about half full and Brian said there and later tweeted that “@LinsanityMovie had one of the best Tuesdays of any theater in the nation at @Pearlridge yesterday. Mahalo to the @H50hana!”
After the screening, Brian did a Q&A and also passed out special Linsanity pens that were from the Taipei screening. I, @LisaLisa98, was the Street Team Leader here in Hawaii and passed out Linsanity stickers and postcards to the fans in the theater. People had great reactions to the movie and were all very grateful for Brian being there. As Brian said, it has all been a “grassroots effort” to market this, so getting out and talking to people directly has been what’s worked best.
If you have not seen “Linsanity” yet, I highly recommend that you go see it! It is NOT just for Jeremy Lin fans or even just sports fans. It is for ANYONE looking to persevere and succeed. Jeremy Lin’s story is a true inspiration to anyone that has encountered struggles, rejections, and hardships. You see his family history of how he grew up and what keeps him going – his faith in God and his family support, his Ohana. The movie follows Lin through his high school success, his college struggles, finally getting picked by the NBA, only to get demoted back to the D-leagues, and then eventually making his mark with the New York Knicks as to what we know as the craze called “Linsanity.” You see the softer, more humorous side of Lin joking around with his brothers and friends, even singing karaoke, and my favorite (& yet most simple and humble) part – putting together a small fountain for his home. The production team interviewed Lin’s former coaches and even NBA star, Yao Ming. There’s footage from all sorts of media, including President Obama, and it puts you right in the moment of the whole “Linsanity” craze.
If you’ve already seen “Linsanity” at HIFF, you should go see this again as it is a new cut with added footage and interviews. It is truly a story worth seeing again, and again, and again!
If you don’t see “Linsanity” listed in a movie theater near you, please check out http://www.linsanitythemovie.com/screening/ and http://www.tugg.com/titles/linsanity to see how you can get your city a screening of it.
The #H50hana then went to Big City Diner Pearlridge to hang out with Brian and his friends after the Q&A. We appreciate Brian taking time out of his schedule for us. We always love to see him and support his projects. Mahalo Brian!
And a BIG Mahalo to Big City Diner for staying open for us past their closing time!