Minding the Gap

Friday, April 13, 2018
9:00 p.m.
Creativity Theater

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Saturday, April 14, 2018
3:00 p.m.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
8:45 p.m.
Roxie Theater



Guests Expected

Director Bing Liu expected to attend April 13 and April 14 screenings; sound designer expected to attend April 14 screening.


In Rockford, Illinois, Bing Liu has been filming his friends Zack and Kiere on and off their skateboards for ten years. Weaving archival footage, interviews, and incredible skate videos, Liu chronicles in simple and poetic fashion the lives of his inner circle of friends and family, revealing the damaging circumstances in which they all grew up. Less a film about skate culture and more an unusual and powerful coming-of-age story, Liu’s feature documentary is fresh and powerful.

“There’s also something deeply resonant in the way Liu captures a time when young men are both child and adult, especially if they have open wounds from their difficult youth that may have stunted their maturity…Without underlining or overly highlighting its themes, Minding the Gap is a film about modern millennial masculinity in a way that breaks the stereotypes and asks us to confront not only cycles of abuse but how they shape both the memories we want to suppress and the friendships we never want to forget at the same time.” – Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

“Roaming through ruminative passages filled with recollections and fears, the movie mirrors Boyhood in its capacity to capture the maturation process over a lengthy period. But where that movie provided a specific look at white, privileged American life (albeit one beset by divorce and other complications), Minding the Gap captures the opposite — what it means to feel marginalized and repressed, while struggling to grasp the words to fight back.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Director Bing Liu

Bing Liu got his start in filmmaking as a grip before working as a camera assistant, camera operator, and cinematographer. He is a segment director and director of photography on Steve James’s upcoming series America to Me (2018). Liu is a 2017 Film Independent Fellow, a Garrett Scott Development Grant recipient, and was awarded a Breakthrough Filmmaking Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for Minding the Gap.

Film Details
  • Country(ies): USA
  • Language(s): English
  • Year: 2018
  • Running time: 98
  • Director(s): Bing Liu
  • Producer(s): Diane Quon, Bing Liu
  • Cinematographer(s): Bing Liu
  • Editor(s): Josh Altman, Bing Liu
  • Music: Nathan Halpern, Chris Ruggiero

Print Source:

Kartemquin Films