Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

Minding the Gap


Year: 2018
Country: USA
Run Time: 93 minutes

Minding the Gap
Minding the Gap
Minding the Gap

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.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 9:10 PM

Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 2:25 PM

African Diaspora
Pan-Asian Cinema
Race Relations
The Sports Section

Ad Hoc Docs Competition


Bing Liu

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.


Diane Quon, Bing Liu

Bing Liu

Joshua Altman, Bing Liu

Zack Mulligan, Keire Johnson

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Strongsville Psychological Services

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