Minding The Gap
Bing Liu’s lovely portrait of wayward men stumbling into early adulthood functions both as a snapshot of their tumultuous lives and Liu’s own experience alongside them. Combining first-rate skate video footage with a range of confessional moments, Minding the Gap is a warmhearted look at the difficulties of reckoning with the past while attempting to escape its clutches - it contains a staggering degree of maturity for a movie directed and focused on such young subjects.
Often troubling and deeply moving, it is a story about the ways that generational violence and poverty affect families and cities. As a work of nonfiction, it’s stunning; as a piece of storytelling, it’s heartbreaking.
"This film is nothing less than a watershed – there has never been a more in-depth portrayal of late-adolescent masculinity." – DOUGLAS WHITBREAD CPH POST
"A lyrical skateboard ballet when it wants to be and critical introspection amidst the tumult of family and friendship when it absolutely has to be."— INDIEWIRE: "SUNDANCE 2018: THE 12 BEST MOVIES OF THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL"
Community partner: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester
Followed by a Skype Q&A with the director.
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 craft 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 Cinematographer's 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 Segment Director and DP for an upcoming Steve James mini-series, America To Me. Bing is a 2017 Film Independent Fellow and Garrett Scott Development Grant recipient.