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Movies: Linsanity Coming to Morrisville

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Morrisville, NC — For one night only, Linsanity is coming to Park Place in Morrisville on Thursday, October 24, 2013. Get tickets now.

The Linsanity Story

Linsanity tells the story of Jeremy Lin, a third-string player for the New York Knicks who lit up the NBA over the course of a dazzling month in late winter of 2012.

It’s a great sports story and, most remarkably, all true. In January, Lin was sleeping on a relative’s couch. In February, he was going toe-to-toe with 15-time All-Star Kobe Bryant and sending the Lakers home in defeat.

But there was more. Lin was a graduate of Harvard. The last guy from Harvard to play in the NBA was Ed Smith in 1954, according to Basketball-Reference.com.

And, Lin is Chinese-American. Basketball has become big business in China, with elite players like Yao Ming making the jump to the NBA. But Chinese-Americans? Not so much. Lin’s success was avidly followed in China and across Chinese ex-pat communities.

As a Knicks fan, I was all over Linsanity from the very beginning. But it quickly spread like a wave across the U.S. and around the world.

What was Jeremy Lin’s game like during that period? Electrifying, crazy, sometimes sloppy. He’d dive to the hole, hit an impossible three and then turn it over. But his energy and passion lifted an injured team to a string of remarkable victories.

A cartoon by my friend Joe Petruccio that appeared on KnicksNow captured the spirit of the moment.

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Soon enough, the stars came back, Lin got his own injury and he was traded to the Houston Rockets after the 2012 season. The Rockets have been in rebuild mode, adding James Hardin at shooting guard and, most recently, Dwight Howard at center. If the Rockets can pull together around their own “Big Three,” we might see Jeremy Lin on ESPN again in 2013-2014.

In the meantime, go see Linsanity on October 24 if you like a good sports underdog story. It’s an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival.

I’ll be there, wearing my Knick shirt.

Trailer

Get a taste for Linsanity with this trailer or see it on YouTube.

Event Details

Linsanity
Carmike Park Place
Morrisville, NC

Thursday, October 24, 2013
7:00 pm – 9:03 pm

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2 replies
  1. PattinMorrisville
    PattinMorrisville says:

    Hi Hal Goodtree,
    Thanks for promoting this screening! =) I’ll definately have to get a picture of you in your NY Knicks jersey! I thought the previews were oddly reminicent of the year I quit piano lessons (to my Mom’s chagrin) and played benchwarmer for the Githens Junior High School girl’s team in Durham, NC. (Incidentally, my parents and their friends from the Chinese church also plan to be there, to get the scoop on the guy who is the butt of comical parodies on Chinese satellite television these days…

    I’m told the theater has plenty of seats (more than those advertised online) also, I have some ticket in hand that I’m selling.)

    FYI, ironically, there really is another screening of the Film just down the street at the new (pricier) Park West Theater which the TUGG Organizers managed to schedule on the same night. It was promoted at the Raleigh International Festival, on ESPN, etc. by the NAAAP (yup, that’s Nat’l Association of Asian American Professionals) and not the NAACP. http://www.tugg.com/events/5662

    Also, the film is really only about 1.5 hours long. I asked them to bump up the 7:30 pm start time to 7:00 PM since it’s a school night so, we can really expect it to end by 8:40 ish. Thanks. =)

  2. PattinMorrisville
    PattinMorrisville says:

    Thanks to Everyone for Your Support in Bringing this Movie to Morrisville! More than 2 Days before the big night, Both Shows in Morrisville Are Sold Out! =) The promoters are considering “Releasing” the Film in the area.

    But if you really want to see it, email me at pwpcheng@yahoo.com and show up 20 minutes early. I still have a few extra tickets. 😉

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