Minding the Gap wins New Talent Award, Doc Audience Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest

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Minding the Gap wins New Talent Award, Doc Audience Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest

Not only making its UK premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest, but stirring and stunning fest-goers, Minding the Gap earned both the New Talent Award and the Doc Audience Award at the 2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest. 

The film has now earned 28 award recognitions since its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in January. 

Impressions from #SheffDocFest viewers: 

Coming up, the film screens at AFI DOCS on June 16 and 17, the Nantucket Film Festival on June 22 and 23, and BAMcinemaFest on June 25. Find all upcoming screenings here.

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Hulu to release Minding the Gap August 17

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Hulu to release Minding the Gap August 17

We are thrilled to share that Hulu has acquired Minding the Gap. The film will be available on Hulu and released theatrically by Magnolia beginning August 17.

Minding the Gap has thus far accumulated 26 award recognitions since its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where the film earned the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking. Since its premiere, Minding the Gap has gone on to win top awards at Full FrameSarasotaAshlandMountainfilmMinneapolis St. PaulNashvilleRiverRun, and Docs Against Gravity. Variety listed first-time director Bing Liu as one of '10 Documentarians to Watch in 2018.'

"When I first started developing Minding the Gap, I knew I wanted it to be accessible to young audiences, so I’m enthused with the reach the film will have as a Hulu Original,” said Liu. “The film has elicited strong emotional responses with festival viewers around the world, so I’m happy with Hulu’s plans for a theatrical release and an outreach campaign to engage audiences in discussing the issues the film explores. I’m infinitely grateful for the friends and collaborators who’ve made the film possible, especially the brave participants of the film.”

Praise for Minding the Gap
"An audacious feature debut on all levels" – Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter

"There haven't been many better documentaries about sensitive masculinity." – Charlie Phillips, The Guardian

"Heartbreakingly honest... the footage that makes up Minding the Gap remains raw and true to the end." – Eric Hynes, Film Comment

"This film is nothing less than a watershed – there has never been a more in-depth portrayal of late-adolescent masculinity." – Douglas Whitbread, CPH Post

Minding the Gap is produced by Liu and Diane Quon through Kartemquin Films, and edited by Liu and Joshua Altman. Executive producers are Steve James, Gordon Quinn, Betsy Steinberg, Sally Jo Fifer, Justine Nagan, and Chris White. MINDING THE GAP is a co-production of Kartemquin Films, American Documentary |POV, and Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. Magnolia Pictures will handle the theatrical distribution.

Coming up, the film screens at the Las Vegas Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Canadian Sport Film Festival, AFI DOCS, the Nantucket Film Festival, BAMcinemaFest, Stronger Than Fiction, Mosaic World Film Festival and the Docutah International Film Festival. Find all upcoming screenings here.

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Minding the Gap wins at #Mountainfilm; #MLFF

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Minding the Gap wins at #Mountainfilm; #MLFF

In a momentous weekend for the film, Minding the Gap earned both the Best Documentary Feature Award and the Audience Choice Award at the Mountainfilm Festival, as well as the Special Jury Award for Bravery at the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival. 

Mountainfilm's jury included Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, Medicine for Melancholy), Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Ice, Chasing Coral), and Roko Belic (Genghis Blues)

"There was one film that the three of us kept coming back to, kept gravitating towards, from a really talented filmmaker and a really sensitive filmmaker. There are so many issues that our country and our world are struggling with right now, and this film managed to interweave a bunch of them seamlessly." 

Watch director Bing Liu accept the award for Mountainfilm's Best Documentary Feature: 

Coming up, Minding the Gap makes its NY and UK premieres at BamcinemaFest and Sheffield Doc/Fest, respectively. Charlie Phillips wrote in his preview of the 2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest: 

"Likely to provoke tears, Bing Liu's debut feature Minding the Gap offers tender stories of a group of Rust Belt skateboarding boys as they become men and have to deal with the troubles that a board and your friends can't solve. There haven't been many better documentaries about sensitive masculinity; there's a beautiful lack of sentimentality to Bing's depiction of time passing too quickly for comfort." 

Read the full article here.

Find all upcoming screenings here.

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Minding the Gap wins Grand Prix at Docs Against Gravity; Grand Jury Prize at Nashville Film Festival

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Minding the Gap wins Grand Prix at Docs Against Gravity; Grand Jury Prize at Nashville Film Festival

Making the most up-to-date tally of Minding the Gap's festival award recognitions a staggering 22 in total, just this past weekend the film earned the Millennium Docs Against Gravity Grand Prix, the Millennium Docs Against Gravity Lower Silesia Grand Prix, and the Nashville Film Festival Documentary Competition Grand Jury Prize

Statement from the Docs Against Gravity Grand Jury: 
"Set in an American ghost town, this deeply personal film starts disguised as a coming of age – skater movie just to reveal itself as a deep-digging drama about family, domestic violence and dealing with the existing trauma. The director succeeds not only in creating a fearless, emotional portrayal of his friends, but also in presenting nuanced observations about class and race. For a mature, multilayered look at American families and society, the Bank Millennium Award in the International Competition goes to Bing Liu’s  ‘Minding the Gap’.”

Minding the Gap picked up a new title upon its introduction into the Polish market: "Jutro Albo Pojutrze," roughly translating to "Tomorrow or the Day After Tomorrow." 

Listen to an interview with director Bing Liu on Radio Wroclaw. 

Minding the Gap also earned the Grand Jury Prize in the Nashville Film Festival Documentary Competition. 

Impressions from Nashville Film Fest attendees: 
 

Minding the Gap next screens at the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, Mountainfilm, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Canadian Sport Film Festival and AFI DOCS. 

Find a full list of upcoming screenings here.

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Minding the Gap wins the LAAPFF Audience Award

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Minding the Gap wins the LAAPFF Audience Award

Marking its 18th award recognition since the film's world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival announced today that Minding the Gap is the recipient of the 2018 LAAPFF Audience Award for Outstanding North American Documentary Feature. 

Read the official announcement via VIMOOZ.

Huck Magazine recently interviewed director Bing Liu ahead of the film's UK premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest on June 9 and 12: 

"When I started filming skateboarding, I fell in love with that. It was a daydreamers' dream: a tool to create dream," said Liu. Read the full interview here.

 

 

 

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MINDING THE GAP wins the Documentary Award at CAAMFest; Youth Programming Award at DOXA

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MINDING THE GAP wins the Documentary Award at CAAMFest; Youth Programming Award at DOXA

Rounding out the current tally of award recognitions for Minding the Gap to 15 since its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, this past week Minding the Gap earned the Documentary Award at CAAMFest as well as the Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming at the 2018 DOXA Documentary Film Festival! 

Recent impressions of Minding the Gap: 

Previously, the film won the Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Filmmaking at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, the Best Documentary Feature Award at the Sarasota Film Festival, the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature and an honorable mention for the Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award at the 2018 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Best Editing: Feature Length Documentary Award at the Ashland Independent Film Festival, a Special Mention in the Next:Wave competition at CPH:DOX (the film's international premiere), the Best Feature Documentary Award at the Minneapolis St. Paul Film Festival, the Best Feature Documentary Award at the RiverRun International Film Festival, the Best Director Award: Feature Documentary at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, an Honorable Mention for Best Documentary at the Newport Beach Film Festival and the One in a Million Award at the Sun Valley Film Festival. 

Find all upcoming screenings here.

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Bing Liu wins Best Director at LAAPFF; Minding the Gap earns Honorable Mention at NBFF

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Bing Liu wins Best Director at LAAPFF; Minding the Gap earns Honorable Mention at NBFF

Two additional award wins were announced this week for Minding the Gap, including the Best Director Award in the non-fiction feature category at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, and an Honorable Mention for Best Documentary at the Newport Beach Film Festival. 

The film was recently announced as a nominee for the 2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest's New Talent Award, where it will make its UK premiere on June 9 and 12. The film will make its NY premiere at the BAMcinemaFest in Brooklyn, NY on June 25

Previously, the film won the Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Filmmaking at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, the Best Documentary Feature Award at the Sarasota Film Festival, the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature and an honorable mention for the Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award at the 2018 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Best Editing: Feature Length Documentary Award at the Ashland Independent Film Festival, a Special Mention in the Next:Wave competition at CPH:DOX (the film's international premiere), the Best Feature Documentary Award at the Minneapolis St. Paul Film Festival, the Best Feature Documentary Award at the RiverRun International Film Festival, and the One in a Million Award at the Sun Valley Film Festival. 

Director Bing Liu was recently named one of Variety's '10 Documentarians to Watch in 2018' by Variety.

Find a full list of upcoming screenings here.

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Minding the Gap to make NY premiere at BAMcinemaFest, UK premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest

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Minding the Gap to make NY premiere at BAMcinemaFest, UK premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest

Minding the Gap is slated to make two prestigious premieres during the month of June, traveling to BAMcinemaFest in Brooklyn, NY on June 25 for its New York premiere, as well as Sheffield Doc/Fest in Sheffield, UK on June 9 and 12 for its UK premiere. 

Minding the Gap is a nominee for the Sheffield Doc/Fest's New Talent Award. 

The film made its Canadian premiere this past Wednesday at Hot Docs, and will screen at the fest one final time Sunday, May 6. 

Impressions from Hot Docs 2018: 

Find all upcoming screenings on Minding the Gap here.

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Minding the Gap wins at MSPIFF, RiverRun and SDAFF

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Minding the Gap wins at MSPIFF, RiverRun and SDAFF

Earning its 11th award recognition since the film's world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Minding the Gapwon the Best Feature Documentary Award at both the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival and the RiverRun International Film Festival, as well as the San Diego Asian Film Festival's Spring Showcase Audience Award – just in the past week.

At the San Diego Asian Film Festival's Spring Showcase, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk and his son Riley Hawk joined Bing Liu, Keire Johnson, and Diane Quon for the screening.

Previously, the film won the Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Filmmaking at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, the Best Documentary Feature Award at the Sarasota Film Festival, the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature and an honorable mention for the Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award at the 2018 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Best Editing: Feature Length Documentary Award at the Ashland Independent Film Festival, a Special Mention in the Next:Wave competition at CPH:DOX (the film's international premiere), and the One in a Million Award at the Sun Valley Film Festival.

Director Bing Liu was recently named one of Variety's '10 Documentarians to Watch in 2018' by Variety.

Find a full list of upcoming screenings here.

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Minding the Gap wins Documentary Feature Jury Award at Sarasota

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Minding the Gap wins Documentary Feature Jury Award at Sarasota

On Saturday the 2018 Sarasota Film Festival announced Minding the Gap by Bing Liu was the recipient of one of the festival's two top honors, earning the Documentary Feature Jury Award. Read the full list of winners here.

Winner of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Filmmaking following its world premiere at the fest, Minding the Gap has continued a stellar festival run: earning the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature and an honorable mention for the Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award at the 2018 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Best Editing: Feature Length Documentary Award at the Ashland Independent Film Festival, a Special Mention in the Next:Wave competition at CPH:DOX (the film's international premiere), and the One in a Million Award at the Sun Valley Film Festival.

Now Toronto recently deemed Minding the Gap as one of the 'Ten Buzziest Festival Films Coming to Hot Docs'.

The film next screens at the San Diego Asian Film Festival's Spring Showcase, the RiverRun Film Festival, the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, the Newport Beach Film Festival, Hot Docs – and many more!

Find a full list of upcoming screenings here.

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Minding the Gap wins Best Editing: Feature Length Documentary at Ashland

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Minding the Gap wins Best Editing: Feature Length Documentary at Ashland

Minding the Gap continues to enjoy a stellar festival run, most recently earning the Best Editing: Feature Length Documentary Award at the Ashland Independent Film Festival this past weekend. Read the festival's official announcement here.

Minding the Gap was edited by Bing Liu and Joshua Altman.

At its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Minding the Gap earned the Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Filmmaking, followed by a Special Mention at its international premiere at CPH:DOX in the Next:Wave competition. The film earned the One in a Million Award at the Sun Valley Film Festival, and most recently earned the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature and an honorable mention for the Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

The film next heads to the Sarasota Film Festival, One Take Film Fest, the San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase, the CineYouth Festival –– and more!

Find a full list of screenings here.

Impressions from Minding the Gap's festival run: 

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Minding the Gap wins twice at Full Frame

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Minding the Gap wins twice at Full Frame

Minding the Gap by Bing Liu, recipient of the 2018 Sundance Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking, earned two awards at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival this past weekend: the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature and an honorable mention for the Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award.

Find the full list of award-winners here.

The film was a recipient of the fest's Garret Scott Documentary Development Grant in 2017. Ahead of its screening this year in Durham, NC, INDY Week's Brian Howe –– the first skateboarder thus far to review the film –– wrote of Minding the Gap:

"What Liu renders crystal-clear in Minding the Gap is that all his friends—and indeed, many skaters around the world and throughout time—are trying to make up for families and societies that let them down, trying to build adulthood atop childhoods they feel they didn't have."

The very same day Full Frame announced their award-winners, Minding the Gap made its Chicago Premiere to a sold-out crowd at Chicago Media Project's DOC 10 Festival. Director Bing Liu, producer Diane Quon, and film participants Keire Johnson, Nina Bowgren and Kent Abernathy were in attendance, earning a standing ovation following the screening.

The film will continue its intensive festival run this week, heading to the Wisconsin Film Festival, the Ashland Independent Film Festival, and the San Francisco International Film Festival –– to name a few.

Find a full list of screenings here.

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Minding the Gap earns Special Mention in CPH:DOX Next:Wave competition

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Minding the Gap earns Special Mention in CPH:DOX Next:Wave competition

Following its international premiere at CPH:DOX in the fest's Next:Wave competition, Minding the Gap earned a Special Mention in the competition for emerging documentary filmmaking talent. 

This is the third honor for the film since its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the fest's Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking. Minding the Gap has since won the One in a Million award at the Sun Valley Film Festival, an accolade that honors exceptional works of independent film and films made with a budget of less than a million dollars. 

Minding the Gap earned fantastic reviews following its showing in Copenhagen, DK: 

"★★★★★★ This film is nothing less than a watershed – there has never been a more in-depth portrayal of late-adolescent masculinity. “If you can watch only one film this festival, let it be this." - @cphpost

Director Bing Liu recently shared insights on his filmmaking process with Jeff Schmidt at the Salem Film Fest as part of the fest's 'Filmmaker Spotlight' series:

"One thing I’ve been thinking about lately is how our society’s mission of ending violence in the home is at odds with how much we value privacy. I think that’s a thing that the film grapples with, too. I hope that we can start thinking about how these issues are not only emotionally difficult to talk about but can be ethically paradoxical as well."

Liu also spoke with students at Salem High School ahead of the film's screening at Salem Film Fest this past Thursday. View photos here.

ALL UPCOMING MINDING THE GAP SCREENINGS: 

April 7: FULL FRAME DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL - DURHAM, NC

April 7: ACT HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL - FORT COLLINS, CO

April 8: DOC 10 - CHICAGO, IL (CHICAGO PREMIERE)

April 9, 10 : WISCONSIN FILM FEST - MADISON, WI (BING LIU, DIANE QUON, KEIRE JOHNSON AND ZACK MULLIGAN IN-PERSON)

April 12, 13, 14: ASHLAND INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL - ASHLAND, OR

April 13: FREEP FILM FESTIVAL - DETROIT, MI

April 13, 14, 17: SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - SAN FRANCISCO, CA

April 14, 15: CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - CLEVELAND, OH

April 21: ONE TAKE FILM FEST - SAN FRANCISCO, CA

April 26: NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL - NEWPORT BEACH, CA

May 2, 3, 6: HOT DOCS CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL - TORONTO, ON

August 24, 25, 26: MOSAIC WORLD FILM FESTIVAL - ROCKFORD, IL (FOLLOWED BY Q&A)

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Minding the Gap opens Next:Wave, makes International Premiere

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Minding the Gap opens Next:Wave, makes International Premiere

Sundance Special Jury Award-winning Minding the Gap by Bing Liu will make its International premiere at the CPH:DOX international competition, Next:Wave, a newly created competition "dedicated to emerging filmmakers with the courage to take chances." The fest runs March 15-25 in Copenhagen. The winner of Next:Wave will be found by a jury and announced at CPH:DOX's Award Ceremony on March 23.

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