Run Time: 93 minutes
Bing Liu and his friends Zack and Keire bonded at a young age over their love of skateboarding. Growing up in the economically barren city of Rockford, Illinois, there wasn’t much else to do. The boys are now young men, dealing with all the complexities and responsibilities that come with adulthood. Bing (also the director) is focused on a movie career. Zack is now a dad, stuck in an intensely volatile relationship and often choosing alcohol over his responsibilities. Keire, the youngest of the three, has just scored his first job, excited to be able to help his mom with the bills. As the only African-American in his circle of friends, he’s becoming more aware of their racial differences. Bing, a Chinese-American, has his own unique cultural perspective. Though this raw and introspective documentary features some true eye-candy shots of skateboarding, the film goes well beyond flips and grinds. As the story unfolds, a number of disturbing truths are revealed about the friends’ pasts. The camera acts as a confessional for their darkest secrets. It also provides Bing with a chance to confront his mother about her ex-husband, a man who tragically left his mark on both of them. MINDING THE GAP explores the lingering effects of childhood abuse and its toxic manifestations. —E.F.
Tower City Cinemas
Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 9:10 PM
Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 2:25 PM
Ad Hoc Docs Competition
Bing Liu moved from China to Alabama to California to Rockford, Illinois with his mother, all before he was eight years old. 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. At age 23 he joined the International Cinematographer’s Guild, working in the camera department on fiction films and episodic television series. MINDING THE GAP won the Special Jury Prize for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.
MINDING THE GAP (2018)
Diane Quon, Bing Liu
Joshua Altman, Bing Liu
Zack Mulligan, Keire Johnson