Jeremy Lin Talks Documentary

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First Posted: Mar 16, 2013 05:55 PM EDT

Just as we were getting used to him the basketball star, we may have to get used to Jeremy Lin: movie star.

"Linsanity" is no longer just a catchphrase referring to the mania that took over the New York Knicks (and the world) last year, it's also now a documentary that recently debuted at SXSW. The film, which covers Lin's college years and into the present, chronicles not only his rise to NBA fame, but also the faith that helped him persevere through personal and professional struggles. He recently told Shia Lazar of WhatsTrending how he felt about the film, the YouTube videos he's made, and the underdog aspect of the film.

"I think it was unique. i think it was something that had never happened and not just from a basketball standpoint," Lin said. "All the different elements of the story, whether its being Asian-American, the basketball, the faith or Harvard. There are a lot of different areas or target audiences that can possibly appeal or relate to the story." Of the several YouTube videos he's made with KevJumba and Ryan Higa, the Houston Rockets point guard cites "How to Get Into Harvard" as his favorite (see below).

Lin also spoke about the weird experience of watching himself on the big screen and how grateful he is, but more importantly how he's able to put the events of the last year into perspective, according to

"God has been really good to me and he's blessed me with a lot," Lin said Thursday. "So that was kind of surreal to be able to take a step back and be like 'Wow, that stuff actually happened to me.' Just watching myself talk about the breakout game [The Nets game where he scored 25 points on February 4, 2012] and all the things that had to happen and all the great things that, you know, obstacles that my family had to overcome to get to that point. it was pretty emotional."

Currently, Lin is trying to overcome on court obstacles. The Houston Rockets currently occupy the 7th spot in the West, but the surging Lakers are only a game and a half behind.

"Linsanity" hasn't gotten a nationwide distributor yet, but since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, it's gotten positive reviews. On March 14, 2013, the film also opened at the CAAMFest film festival in San Francisco.

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