Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.

COMPLETED

Filmmaker: Bing Liu
Country: USA
Length: 98 mins
Year: 2018
Format: HD

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STORY

First-time filmmaker Bing Liu’s documentary Minding the Gap is a coming-of-age saga of three skateboarding friends in their Rust Belt hometown hit hard by decades of recession. In his quest to understand why he and his friends all ran away from home when they were younger, Bing follows 23-year-old Zack as he becomes a father and 17-year-old Keire as he gets his first job. As the film unfolds, Bing is thrust into the middle of Zack’s tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend and Keire’s inner struggles with racial identity and his deceased father. While navigating a complex relationship between his camera and his friends, Bing explores the gap between fathers and sons, between discipline and domestic abuse, and ultimately that precarious chasm between childhood and becoming an adult.


Press

"Impressive... a story teller to watch" - The Hollywood Reporter

"Lovely and personal" - IndieWire

"Touching" - Variety

"Affecting" - The New York Times

"As a work of nonfiction, it’s stunning; as a piece of storytelling, it’s heartbreaking." - Vox

"Is the work of a filmmaker willing to acknowledge that sometimes, seeing better, seeing differently, is more important than understanding." - The Village Voice

"A touching and poignant portrait" - Screen Anarchy


FILMMAKER

Bing Liu moved from China to Alabama to California to Rockford, Illinois with his mother all before he was 8 years old. He honed his cinematography and editing skills making DIY skateboarding films as a teenager. When he was 19 he moved to Chicago and began freelancing as a grip while attaining his B.A. in literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. At age 23 he joined the International Cinematographers Guild, working in the camera department on fiction films and episodic television series. In 2014 he began collaborating with Kartemquin Films on his first feature, Minding the Gap, a co-production of POV and ITVS. Bing is also a Story Director and DP for the upcoming Steve James mini-series, America to Me. Bing is a 2017 Film Independent Fellow and Garrett Scott Development Grant recipient.


CREDITS

Director: Bing Liu
Producers: Diane Quon, Bing Liu
Executive Producers: Gordon Quinn Steve James Betsy Steinberg
Executive Producers For ITVS: Sally Jo Fifer
Executive Producers For American Documentary POV: Justine Nagan, Chris White
Editors: Joshua Altman, Bing Liu
Original Music: Nathan Halpern, Chris Ruggiero
Featuring: Keire Johnson, Zack Mulligan, Nina Bowgren, Kent Abernathy, Mengyue Bolen, Bing Liu
Cinematography: Bing Liu
 


 

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Sundance Film Festival 2018

CPH:DOX 2018

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018

Docs Against Gravity Film Festival 2018

New Zealand International Film Festival 2018

Biografilm Festival 2018

Stronger than Fiction DFF 2018

 

Awards

Audience Award - Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018

New Talent Award - Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018

U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking - Sundance 2018

Next: Wave Award Special Mention - CPH: DOX 2018

One In a Million Award - Sun Valley Film Festival 2018

Audience Award Feature - Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2018

Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award - Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2018

Best Documentary Feature - RiverRun International Film Festival 2018

Best Documentary Feature - Sarasota Film Festival 2018

Best Documentary feature - Mountain Film

Audience Award - Mountain Film

Documentary Feature Editing - Ashland Independent Film Festival 2018

Spring Showcase Audience Award - San Diego Asian Film Festival 2018

Documentary Feature Award - Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival 2018

Spotlight Film Award - Mosaic World Film Festival 2018

New Talent Award Nominee - Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018

Bank Millennium Award Winner - Docs Against Gravity Film Festival Poland 2018

Best Film Unipol Award in the International Competition - Biografilm Festival 2018