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Screening: Linsanity

Outside the Box [Office] and 408 Films invite you and a guest to a special screening of Linsanity. Followed by a Q&A with Producer Christopher C. Chen.

October 22, 2014 7:00pm to 9:00pm

World Premiere: 2013 Sundance Film Festival
About Linsanity

In February 2012, the New York Knicks, mired in a disappointing season and out of desperation, looked to the end of their bench and found Jeremy Lin, an undrafted free agent from Harvard. On the verge of seeing his lifelong NBA dream vanish, Lin – at, or near what was believed to be his last chance as an NBA professional, underwent a now-legendary run, obliterating stereotypes along the way, and in the process birthed a global phenomenon known as "Linsanity." Basketball -- and the world – was never the same.

Director Evan Jackson Leong chronicles Jeremy Lin's inspirational story long before that fateful month and at a time when Lin was still struggling to find a place in a league that didn't want him while never wavering on his faith and hope for an opportunity.

Provided courtesy of 408 Films. Rated PG. Running time: 88 minutes.

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About the Guest

Christopher Chen (Producer) has been with Endgame Entertainment since its inception in 2002, producing documentary films such as The Year of the Yao, ...So Goes the Nation, and Every Little Step, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Oscar-award for Best Documentary Feature. Additionally, Mr. Chen is responsible for generating business in film, television, theater, new media and various entertainment properties.

With a forward eye toward China and the burgeoning film market, Mr. Chen successfully negotiated a China co-production deal for Looper starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon Levitt, which opened the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Additionally, Mr. Chen is producing with Sports Illustrated a multi-part series, broadcast on HBO, called Sport in America.

Mr. Chen attended both University of California, Berkeley, and University of California, Davis and holds a B.S. in Management Economics, and B.A. in Political Science, also spending a significant time studying Chinese at National Taiwan University.
About the Moderator

Rachel Gandin Mark (Director of International Programs and Special Initiatives) is the sole creative producer of Walt Disney International Productions’ first Arabic-language feature film, The United, directed by Amin Matalqa. In addition to The United, Rachel set up two additional Arabic feature films in development at Disney. Rachel is currently the Director of International Programs and Special Initiatives at USC School of Cinematic Arts and the Program Administrator of the American Film Showcase, a major film diplomacy program of the U.S. Department of State. She served for 5 years as a creative consultant for the Sundance Institute’s Rawi Screenwriters Lab in Jordan and founded the Arab Film Festival in Los Angeles. Additionally, Rachel has worked in the Film Acquisitions Department at 20th Century Fox and for the indie production company, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. She received an M.A. in Arabic from Georgetown University, a B.A. from UCLA, and lived in Cairo, Egypt for more than 3 years.
About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain.

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #4, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Directed by Evan Jackson Leong
Produced by Christopher C. Chen,
Allen Lu, and Brian Yang
Followed by a Q&A with Christopher C. Chen

Moderated by Rachel Gandin Mark,
SCA Director of International Programs and Special Initiatives

Free admission. Open to the public.