Minding the Gap

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Minding the Gap

Introduction by JBFC Programming Director Brian Ackerman

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature

Minding the Gap is a truly great documentary, one of those rare film experiences that sneaks up on you, draws you in deep, and leaves you with a sense of having experienced something really profound.”—JBFC Programming Director Brian Ackerman

Award-winning filmmaker Bing Liu’s spellbinding debut documentary, Minding the Gap (winner of the 2018 Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking at Sundance) is a coming-of-age saga centered on three skateboarding friends in their Rust Belt hometown, which has been hit hard by decades of recession. While navigating a complex relationship between his camera, his friends, and his own troubled past, Bing explores the gap between fathers and sons, discipline and abuse, and, ultimately, that precarious chasm between childhood and becoming an adult.


Q&A filmmaker Bing Liu w/ JBFC Programming Administrator Saidah Russell
Sunday, Aug. 19 2018, 6:00
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Bing Liu is a Chicago-based director and cinematographer who Variety recently listed as one of 10 documentary filmmakers to watch. He’s also a segment director on America to Me (Starz), a 10-hour documentary series examining racial inequities in America’s education system. Bing was a member of the International Cinematographers Guild for seven years, a 2017 Film Independent Fellow and Garrett Scott Development Grant recipient.

This film is part of the Programmers' Picks 2019 series.

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