Minding the Gap earns five Critics' Choice Documentary Award nominations

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Minding the Gap earns five Critics' Choice Documentary Award nominations

We are thrilled to share Minding the Gap has earned five nominations for 2018 Critics' Choice Documentary Awards, making it the second-most nominated film this year.

Read the full list of nominees in IndieWire.

Nominations for Minding the Gap:

  • Best Documentary

  • Best Director

  • Best First Time Director

  • Best Sports Documentary

  • Best Cinematography

Minding the Gap is available to stream on Hulu, and is playing festivals internationally. Find all upcoming screenings here.

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The Meaning Behind "THIS DEVICE CURES HEARTACHE"

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The Meaning Behind "THIS DEVICE CURES HEARTACHE"

A note from producer Diane Quon: 

After seeing many cuts of Minding the Gap, one thing that always stood out to me was "THIS DEVICE CURES HEARTACHE" written on Keire's skateboard. 

It turns out these words were written by Zack; it was his old skateboard that he'd handed down to Keire. After Zack told me what those words meant to him, it resonated on a personal level. For me and others who don't skate, our devices might be very different but they're just as important in minding tricky gaps and tortuous heartaches in our lives.

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"Skateboarding is literally ideas put into motion: meaning if you can think it, you can accomplish it. If you try hard enough and work at it you can do anything. Nothing is impossible. 

"It's the only true freedom most of us will ever have. Skateboarding has taught me how to deal with pain, loss, and depression. The only time I feel alive is when I'm on the board feeling the earth under my feet.

"The energy of the planet reaches forth into my legs. It's the only true feeling I've ever had and my only connection with the physical world. I can feel the earth breathe as I glide across it and that feeling can heal the deepest wound of your soul and make you feel alive once again like a child discovering his world. I too can feel the joy of living on this earth."

– Zack Mulligan


We want to know what cures your heartache. 

Pick up a "THIS DEVICE CURES HEARTACHE" sticker at select screenings of Minding the Gap, put it on the device that cures your heartache, snap a picture and tag #ThisDeviceCuresHeartache. 

 
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Download a digital version of the sticker HERE.

 

 

 

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Minding the Gap opens, now best reviewed film of 2018

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Minding the Gap opens, now best reviewed film of 2018

Following its Hulu and theatrical release this past weekend, Minding the Gap by Bing Liu is now the best reviewed film of 2018 (per Metacritic), a New York Times Critics' Pick, and maintains 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy, Moonlight) and skateboarding legend Tony Hawk both took to Twitter to rave about film, Jenkins writing "The heart in this film is so damn big."

 

Troves of viewers also turned to Twitter to process and laud Minding the Gap – the common thread of their reactions was intense gratitude to Liu and the film:

Join the conversation by using #MindingtheGap.

Praise for Minding the Gap:
"Astonishing... a rich, devastating essay on race, class and manhood in 21st-century America."
– A. O. Scott, New York Times

"Extraordinary... Minding the Gap is an essay that never feels like an essay, an intelligent and compassionate grappling with some of the most painful issues presently haunting the body politic: toxic masculinity and domestic violence, economic depression and a deep, existential despair."
– Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

"There isn't a word of explicit politics in the film, but Liu's confrontation with abuse and trauma as a way of confronting its unconscious legacy, of changing one's own behavior and improving one's own life and the lives of one's own family and friends, is an essentially and crucially political act."
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker

"An extraordinary feat of filmmaking... Liu's intimacy with his subjects becomes contagious, to the point where their small victories are thrilling and their failures feel devastating."
– Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic

"Heartbreaking, raw, and true"
– Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

"A powerful film about escaping the loop of poverty and toxic masculinity in Rust Belt America"
– Anna Menta, Newsweek

"A documentary with an angry undercurrent, it’s also an affectionate study of Mr. Liu’s longtime, hardcore skateboarding friends—each of whom is trying to map a course from mangled childhood to unsteady maturity. As such, it possesses an intimacy that could never be acquired without years of shared experience, and heartache. And probably road rash."
– John Anderson, Wall Street Journal

"A powerful saga"
– David Edelstein, Vulture

"What starts as a raucous celebration of youthful freedom consciously expands to cover the bonds of friendship, racial identity, the hard slog of being responsible, and the generational after-effects of trauma."
– Robert Abele, The Wrap

"Liu creates an unforgettable film experience that will knock the wind out of you."
– Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"A raw portrait of trauma and catharsis, and an affecting example of how non-fiction cinema can be a vehicle for genuine empathy."
– Nick Schager, The Daily Beast

"Bing's movie stands out for the complexity of its integrity, and its ability to reveal his own experiences empathically."
– K. Austin Collins, Vanity Fair

"An incredible work of storytelling, occasionally funny and deeply humanistic."
– Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune

"It's a sight to behold, the way Minding the Gap organically evolves from a meditative portrait of skateboarding – complete with gorgeously fluid Steadicam shots of boarders ripping down city streets – into a nuanced character study of repressed trauma."
– Vikram Murthi, AV Club

All upcoming theatrical runs/festival screenings:
August 17-23 - Metrograph - New York, NY (Bing Liu in-person opening weekend)
August 17-23 - Laemmle Monica Film Center - Santa Monica, CA
Aug 17-22 - The Roxie Theater - San Francisco, CA
August 17-23 - Austin Film Society - Austin, TX
August 19 - Jacob Burns Film Center - Pleasantville, NY (Bing Liu in-person)
August 24-26 - Mosaic World Film Festival - Rockford, IL (Filmmakers and participants attending)
August 24-29 - Northwest Film Forum - Seattle, WA
August 26 - Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival - Middlebury, VT (Executive Producer Steve James attending)
August 31 - September 13 - Gene Siskel Film Center - Chicago, IL (Filmmakers in attendance at select screenings)
September 4, 6 - Docutah International Film Festival - St. George, UT
September 10-13, VIFF Year Round - Vancouver, BC
September 15 - Big Eddy Film Festival - Narrowsburg, NY
September 26-October 4 - Bergen International Film Festival - Bergen, NO
September 26 - Irish Film Institute Documentary Film Festival - Dublin, IE
September 26 - IFI Documentary Film Festival - Dublin, IE
September 27 - Bryan Mawr Film Institute - Bryn Mawr, PA
September 29-October 1 - Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema - Toronto, ON
October 27 - Unorthodocs - Columbus, OH

The film has won 29 awards since its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival this past January, where it won the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking. The film won Best Documentary at Sarasota, Minneapolis St. Paul, RiverRun, Nashville, Mountainfilm, CAAMfest, Docs Against Gravity and Biografilm Festival. It won over juries and audiences alike, winning the Audience Award at Full Frame, Sheffield Doc/Fest, the San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase, Docs Against Gravity, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and Mountainfilm.

Find all upcoming screenings here.

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Minding the Gap now on Hulu and in theaters

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Minding the Gap now on Hulu and in theaters

Minding the Gap, the award-winning debut feature from Bing Liu comes to Hulu and select theaters beginning today August 17!

Watch the film - currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes - on Hulu now.

New York Times' film critic A.O. Scott wrote of Minding the Gap"With infinite sensitivity, Liu delves into some of the most painful and intimate details of his friends' lives and his own, and then layers his observations into a rich, devastating essay on race, class and manhood in 21st-century America...Liu grants his friends and himself the chance to know themselves better, to think out loud about who they are and who they might be. This is, in every way, a gift."Read the full review here.

Praise for Minding the Gap:
"Extraordinary... Minding the Gap is an essay that never feels like an essay, an intelligent and compassionate grappling with some of the most painful issues presently haunting the body politic: toxic masculinity and domestic violence, economic depression and a deep, existential despair."
– Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

"Liu creates an unforgettable film experience that will knock the wind out of you."
– Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"A raw portrait of trauma and catharsis, and an affecting example of how non-fiction cinema can be a vehicle for genuine empathy."
– Nick Schager, The Daily Beast

"An incredible work of storytelling, occasionally funny and deeply humanistic."
– Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune

Read/listen/watch interviews with director Bing Liu in Filmmaker Magazine, the Chicago Tribune and on the Film Threat podcast and on KTLA Channel 5.

All upcoming theatrical runs/festival screenings:
August 17-23 - Metrograph - New York, NY (Bing Liu in-person opening weekend)
August 17-23 - Laemmle Monica Film Center - Santa Monica, CA
Aug 17-22 - The Roxie Theater - San Francisco, CA
August 17-23 - Austin Film Society - Austin, TX
August 19 - Jacob Burns Film Center - Pleasantville, NY (Bing Liu in-person)
August 24-26 - Mosaic World Film Festival - Rockford, IL (Filmmakers and participants attending)
August 24-29 - Northwest Film Forum - Seattle, WA
August 26 - Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival - Middlebury, VT (Executive Producer Steve James attending)
August 31 - September 13 - Gene Siskel Film Center - Chicago, IL (Filmmakers in attendance at select screenings)
September 4, 6 - Docutah International Film Festival - St. George, UT
September 10-13, VIFF Year Round - Vancouver, BC
September 15 - Big Eddy Film Festival - Narrowsburg, NY
September 26 - IFI Documentary Film Festival - Dublin, IE
September 27 - Bryan Mawr Film Institute - Bryn Mawr, PA
September 29-October 1 - Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema - Toronto, ON

The film has won 29 awards since its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival this past January, where it won the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking. The film won Best Documentary at Sarasota, Minneapolis St. Paul, RiverRun, Nashville, Mountainfilm, CAAMfest, Docs Against Gravity and Biografilm Festival. It won over juries and audiences alike, winning the Audience Award at Full Frame, Sheffield Doc/Fest, the San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase, Docs Against Gravity, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and Mountainfilm.

Find all upcoming screenings here.

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Minding the Gap's official Hulu poster is here!

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Minding the Gap's official Hulu poster is here!

Today The Film Stage unveiled the official Hulu poster for Bing Liu's Sundance award-winning Minding the Gap in an exclusive – calling it "2018's best documentary so far."

See the full exclusive.

 
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The film will be available on Hulu, with a simultaneous theatrical release through Magnolia Pictures, starting August 17. Find all upcoming screenings here.

Minding the Gap has thus far accumulated 28 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 Sheffield Doc/FestFull FrameSarasotaAshlandMountainfilmMinneapolis St. PaulNashvilleRiverRun, and Docs Against Gravity. Variety listed first-time director Bing Liu as one of '10 Documentarians to Watch in 2018.'

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.

Follow Minding the Gap on Twitter and Facebook. Visit the official website at mindingthegapfilm.com.

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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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