Explore Frank Che’s New Documentary Jeremy Lin “38 in the Garden”

Although the peak of Jeremy Lynn’s nine-year career in the National Basketball Association was win a championship As a reserve with the Toronto Raptors in 2019, the 34-year-old’s streak in the NBA will likely be right in the middle of his second season. Seven-game winning streak For the Knicks in February 2012 it was dubbed “Linsanity”.

An unknown relative who spent part of his rookie season with the Golden State Warriors sleeping on a teammate’s sofa as the Linnanites started beating the New Jersey Nets (remember them?), Lane broke out on his career-high 38 points at Madison Square Garden against the Los Angeles Lakers after saying The star Kobe Bryant before the match that he does not know who the Taiwanese American is. That changed after the unpolished Harvard graduate set the Lakers on fire amid an extension as he averaged 24.4 points, 9.1 assists, four rebounds, and 1.6 steals while shooting 0.512 from the field and .714 from the line while playing over 37 minutes in One match. .

An explosion of energy and perhaps hope In a basketball city that hasn’t seen its basketball team win a playoff series since 2000, Lynn’s performance that night at MSG led to talk of the city, if not the entire country. Now, a decade later, director Frank Che has reignited that conversation with a new short documentary from the original HBO that will air tonight and then be available to stream on HBO Max.

only 38 minutes long, 38 in the garden It explores Lin’s place as a cultural icon and the remaining importance of Linsanity 10 years after the fact that members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community continue to grapple with stereotypes and an increase in hate crimes.

According to Che, he already expects Asian Americans, basketball fans and New Yorkers to join his new documentary Lane, but he hopes it will gain wider appeal. “I’ll put it this way. I don’t want anyone to have excuses for not seeing the movie,” he told InsideHook. “It’s 38 minutes for anyone to watch. I don’t think you’re going to talk about basketball at the end of the movie. You’re going to talk about something much bigger than that.”

Ahead of the release of the new documentary, InsideHook spoke with Che about what exactly this thing is. That’s what he said.

inner hook: Why do you think Linsanity was a topic worth making a movie about?

Frank Che: I put it that way and Jeremy likes to talk about it that way too. It’s basically: What does it feel like to relive our favorite Asian American memory during the worst time of being Asian American in modern history? If I were to describe the movie without any basketball at all, the first part is all about stereotypes. The second part is about what happens when someone smashes those stereotypes on the world stage and the third part is about the day when these stereotypes are turned into a weapon. The violence against Asia is the product of the weaponization of stereotypes that have always existed. This just doesn’t score for people, so we wanted to make that very clear.

IH: Will be Was the 38-point game especially if it happened somewhere besides MSG in New York City?

FC: Absolutely not, but there were a lot of pieces to the magic. It was right after the Super Bowl and before March Madness and The Masters when nothing was happening in the sport. It happened in the capital of the world, New York City, with a famous franchise in the Knicks. Also, I think if you’re American, you sign up for an underdog story. If you feel different in any capacity in this country whatever your background, they will record the story with you. We all have those experiences and we’ve tried to make the movie as generic as possible, so it’s not necessarily about just Jeremy or Asian Americans, it’s about anyone who feels questionable. That’s a lot of people.

IH: Why did you decide to focus the movie on a specific game rather than Jeremy’s entire career?

FC: I was at a karaoke bar in Koreatown surrounded by Asians the night 38 fell at The Garden. It’s been two hours of people losing their minds. When we talked to comedian Jenny Yang about the movie, she basically described the exact same scene but she was in California. There must have been thousands of restaurants and karaoke bars across the country that experienced something similar that night. When I talk about Linsanity, I talk about that night. The most magical moment of my life was when Barack Obama was elected president and the night Jeremy fell 38 at The Garden. That is why the movie was called 38 in the garden. I wanted to capture a moment and how that moment felt for people.

IH: What do you think are the lasting effects of that time period now and moving forward?

FC: I’m sure it has an incredible impact on sports, but I’m not a sports documentary. For societal impact, the reminder that anything is possible, even when things are looking really bleak, is invaluable. It is children, especially Asian American children, who need to see what happened during that two-week period and how the world reacted to it to make them believe that anything is possible. Asian Americans have more representation now, which is great, but the stories are about how dirty rich you are or what kind of superpower you have. It’s not real. They don’t have to be into basketball, but they have to see that they can do something like that no matter what they look like. To me, Jeremy is the greatest example for Asian Americans that anything is possible which is why this story is so special.

Watch Frannie Che’s new documentary Jeremy Lin tonight from 9:00-9:40 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO.

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