Minding the Gap broadcasts on POV February 18

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Minding the Gap broadcasts on POV February 18

Minding the Gap, directed by Bing Liu and produced by Diane Quon, will make its world television broadcast premiere on the PBS documentary series POV and pov.org on Monday, February 18 at 9pm/8c (check local listings).

Find out how to host your own private viewing party of the film, either on February 18 or throughout the two-week streaming window following the broadcast premier on PBS, here. Select 45 lucky viewers will have a chance to win a "POV" branded smartphone camera lens accessory!

POV has also published four 'Delve Deeper Reading Lists' for viewers of the film, which can be found here.

WTTW, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Kartemquin Films will present a free screening and discussion of Minding the Gap at the Chicago Cultural Center on February 16th at 2pm. Producer Diane Quon, film participant Keire Johnson, and executive producer Gordon Quinn will be present for a post-screening discussion.

RSVP for the free screening here.

Minding the Gap had its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival where director Bing Liu won the Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Filmmaking. The film won the Critics’ Choice Documentary Award for Best First Time Director (Bing Liu), and it won two Cinema Eye Honors for Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film (Bing Liu) and Outstanding Achievement in Editing (Joshua Altman, Bing Liu). The film won the Truer Than Fiction Award in the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the IndieWire Critics' Poll for Best Documentary Feature, the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Non-Fiction Film and was a nominee for the Gotham Awards, among many other accolades this year.

Earlier this week, the film team had some fun at the 2019 Academy Awards nominee luncheon.

The film has recently been featured in the Los Angeles TimesVarietyThe OutlineThe Hollywood Reporter, and Paper Magazine.

Minding the Gap is presented by Hulu; edited by Joshua Altman and Bing Liu; original music by Nathan Halpern and Chris Ruggiero; cinematography by Bing Liu; executive producers Sally Jo Fifer, Justine Nagan, Gordon Quinn, Steve James, Betsy Steinberg; produced by Diane Quon and Bing Liu, and directed by Bing Liu.

The film is a co-production of Kartemquin Films, American Documentary | POV, and Independent Television Services (ITVS); with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.

Coming up, the film screens in Australia, Canada, Finland, Croatia, Norway, and Sweden – find all upcoming screenings here.

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Minding the Gap nominated for an Academy Award®

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Minding the Gap nominated for an Academy Award®

Kartemquin is absolutely thrilled to share that Minding the Gap has been nominated for the 91st Academy Awards® in the Feature Documentary category.

Minding the Gap is presented by Hulu; edited by Joshua Altman and Bing Liu; original music by Nathan Halpern and Chris Ruggiero; cinematography by Bing Liu; executive producers Sally Jo Fifer, Justine Nagan, Gordon Quinn, Steve James, Betsy Steinberg; produced by Diane Quon and Bing Liu, and directed by Bing Liu.

The film is a co-production of Kartemquin Films, American Documentary | POV, and Independent Television Services (ITVS); with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.

"I've been bedridden with a feverish flu the past couple of days, so waking up to this news this morning in the middle of my delirium made it all seem that much more unreal. I'm so thankful for the loving and caring people I've gotten the chance to work with and know over the years and over this past year especially. Honored to be amongst a crop of amazing films and filmmakers; thanks to the Academy for getting even more eyes on Minding the Gap!"
– Bing Liu (Director, Producer, Editor)

"I am still in shock from the wonderful honor of Minding the Gap being nominated! It is so true that making a film takes a village, and I cannot thank everyone enough–our participants, our family and friends, and all the partners who got us where we are today: Kartemquin, ITVS, POV, Sundance Institute, and Hulu. But nothing would have been possible without Bing. I'm grateful to have been on this journey with him, and thankful to all the other filmmakers of 2018 documentaries, who make me so proud to do this work."
– Diane Quon (Producer)

"We celebrate this nomination with the whole Kartemquin community, especially those who have participated in our filmmaker development programs. Bing first joined us exactly five years ago this week through our Diverse Voices in Docs program, and then he first met the film's producer, Diane, through our KTQ Labs. We are elated for Bing and his collaborators. He's been a joy to work with since day one. He deserves to enjoy every moment of this."
– Gordon Quinn, executive producer (Kartemquin Artistic Director and Co-Founder)

The film has been a triumph since its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it earned the Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Filmmaking. It has since garnered over 50 awards and recognitions, most recently winning Best Feature, Emerging Filmmaker, and Best Editing at the International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards; Outstanding Achievement in Editing, Direction, and in a Debut Feature Film at the Cinema Eye Honors; Best First Time Director at the Critics' Choice Awards; and was voted Best Documentary by the New York Film Critics' Circle and the Chicago Film Critics Association, and for Best Editing by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Liu will also receive the Truer Than Fiction Award at the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards, where the film is also nominated for Best Documentary.

The nomination marks the fourth Academy Award® nomination for Kartemquin Films, with previous nominations for Hoop Dreams (1994), Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2018), and Edith+Eddie (2018). It is the first nomination for Bing Liu and the first nomination for Diane Quon.

Minding the Gap is now available to view on Hulu and at festivals and in theaters worldwide. It is the first nomination for Bing Liu and the first nomination for Diane Quon.

The Independent Spirit Awards will take place on Saturday, February 23rd in Santa Monica. The Academy Awards® will take place on Sunday, February 24th in Los Angeles.

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Three wins for Minding the Gap at 2019 Cinema Eye Honors

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Three wins for Minding the Gap at 2019 Cinema Eye Honors

Minding the Gap took home three prizes at Thursday's 12th Annual Cinema Eye Honors, presented at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NY and hosted by Steve James.

Minding the Gap earned three prizes – tying with Free Solo as the most decorated film of the night, including Outstanding Achievement in EditingOutstanding Achievement in Direction, and Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film. The film's participants Keire Johnson, Zack Mulligan, and Mengyue Bolen attended the ceremony as well.

Read a full list of award-winners in The Hollywood Reporter.

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Minding the Gap wins Best Feature at 2018 IDA Awards

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Minding the Gap wins Best Feature at 2018 IDA Awards

In a momentous weekend for the film, Minding the Gap won the Best Feature Award at the 2018 International Documentary Association Awards, in addition to the pre-announced Best Editing Award and Emerging Filmmaker Award (given to Minding the Gap director Bing Liu).

Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk, Moonlight) and Kartemquin Artistic Director Gordon Quinn presented Liu with the award at the IDA Awards ceremony in Los Angeles this past Saturday.

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association announced Minding the Gap had earned the LAFCA Award for Best Editing, as well as Runner-up in the Best Documentary category.

The Chicago Film Critics Association also awarded Minding the Gap their Best Documentary Award.

Minding the Gap also recently earned the Best Documentary of 2018 Award from the New York Film Critics Circle, was named one of 2018's Top Five Documentaries by the National Board of Review, and earned two Independent Spirit Award nominations.

Minding the Gap is presented by Hulu. Edited by Joshua Altman and Bing Liu. Original music by Nathan Halpern and Chris Ruggiero. Cinematography by Bing Liu. Executive produced by Sally Jo Fifer, Justine Nagan, Chris White, Gordon Quinn, Steve James and Betsy Steinberg. Produced by Diane Quon and Bing Liu. Directed by Bing Liu.

Minding the Gap is a co-production of Kartemquin Films, American Documentary | POV, and Independent Television Service, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), and Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.

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NYFCC names Minding the Gap Best Documentary of 2018

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NYFCC names Minding the Gap Best Documentary of 2018

On Thursday the New York Film Critics Circle awarded Minding the Gap, directed by Bing Liu and produced by Diane Quon, the NYFCC's award for Best Documentary.

Read the full list of winners in Variety.

Most recently, Minding the Gap was named one of 2018's Top Five Documentaries by the National Board of Review and earned two Independent Spirit Award nominations, two pre-announced International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards for Emerging Filmmaker and Best Editing, and an IDA Award nomination for Best Feature.

Minding the Gap is presented by Hulu. Edited by Joshua Altman and Bing Liu. Original music by Nathan Halpern and Chris Ruggiero. Cinematography by Bing Liu. Executive produced by Sally Jo Fifer, Justine Nagan, Chris White, Gordon Quinn, Steve James and Betsy Steinberg. Produced by Diane Quon and Bing Liu. Directed by Bing Liu.

Minding the Gap is a co-production of Kartemquin Films, American Documentary | POV, and Independent Television Service, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), and Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.

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Minding the Gap earns two Independent Spirit Award nominations

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Minding the Gap earns two Independent Spirit Award nominations

Film Independent announced today the nominees for their 2019 Independent Spirit Awards, with Minding the Gapearning two award nominations for Best Documentary and the Truer Than Fiction Award.

Find a full list of nominees in Deadline Hollywood.

The Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition.

It's been an especially award-studded fall for the film, with Minding the Gap earning eight Cinema Eye Honors nominations, five Critics' Choice Award nominations, and winning two pre-announced International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards for Emerging Filmmaker and Best Editing, and an IDA Award nomination for Best Feature.

Minding the Gap is presented by Hulu. Edited by Joshua Altman and Bing Liu. Original music by Nathan Halpern and Chris Ruggiero. Cinematography by Bing Liu. Executive produced by Sally Jo Fifer, Justine Nagan, Chris White, Gordon Quinn, Steve James and Betsy Steinberg. Produced by Diane Quon and Bing Liu. Directed by Bing Liu.

Minding the Gap is a co-production of Kartemquin Films, American Documentary | POV, and Independent Television Service, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), and Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.

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Minding the Gap wins IDA Award for Best Editing; Bing Liu wins Emerging Filmmaker Award

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Minding the Gap wins IDA Award for Best Editing; Bing Liu wins Emerging Filmmaker Award

The International Documentary Association (IDA) announced today nominations and pre-announced winners for the 2018 IDA Documentary Awards – with Minding the Gap earning a nomination for Best Feature as well as winning the Best Editing Award. Director Bing Liu won the IDA Award for Best Emerging Filmmaker.

Read the full list of nominees and winners in Deadline.

Minding the Gap is presented by Hulu. Edited by Joshua Altman and Bing Liu. Original music by Nathan Halpern and Chris Ruggiero. Cinematography by Bing Liu. Executive produced by Sally Jo Fifer, Justine Nagan, Chris White, Gordon Quinn, Steve James and Betsy Steinberg. Produced by Diane Quon and Bing Liu. Directed by Bing Liu.

Minding the Gap is a co-production of Kartemquin Films, American Documentary | POV, and Independent Television Service, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), and Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.

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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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