Minding The Gap
Winner of the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking at Sundance and Top Audience Pick at Hot Docs alongside over 30 other festival wins, Minding the Gap is an astonishing new film about American life.
Following three skateboarding friends in a rust belt town, filmmaker Bing Liu pulls out his camera, set to understand why he and his two teenage friends all ran away from home and found solace in skating. As the film unfolds, Liu is thrust into the middle of Zack’s tumultuous relationship, and Keire’s inner struggles with racial identity and the demise of his father. An exciting new voice in cinema today, Liu explores the gaps between fathers and sons, discipline and domestic abuse, childhood and adulthood, ultimately confronting his own history with these questions.
Filmed over 12 years, Liu delves into intimate details of his friends lives and his own, layering his observations into a rich, devastating essay on race, class and manhood in the 21st century, leaving a lasting impact on audiences and his subjects alike.
"As a work of nonfiction, it’s stunning; as a piece of storytelling, it’s heartbreaking." -Vox