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Minding the Gap

Year
2018
Country
USA
Duration
98’
Director
Bing Liu

Deep in the heart of the American Rust Belt lies Rockford, Illinois. Growing up here, all you can look forward to is unemployment and poverty. But three high school friends find an outlet through skateboarding, and one of them, Bing Liu, films all their adventures. What he also captures is the abruptness with which they are catapulted into adulthood, with its dead-end jobs, babies, and reflections on what it actually means to be a man. Years later he returns to his hometown to find out what has happened to his friends. The director breaks pretty much every rule of documentary filming: he appears in his own film, and sometimes talks directly to camera. At one point Minding the Gap even resembles a therapy session, with the filmmaker processing the abuse he suffered from his father and warning his friend Zack that he’s in danger of ending up in the same vicious circle of alcoholism and violence. But Liu comes through with flying colours, because everything about this film is authentic. He uses it to paint a very topical portrait of an American generation that’s in danger of being forgotten.

 

On March 25, at the case study: Minding the Gap Megan Vandervort from the Picture Motion impact agency will explain how the film has managed to succeed, and share their future plans with human rights activists and civic organisations.

CREW
Director: Bing Liu
Producer: Bing Liu, Diane Quon
Operator: Bing Liu
Editor: Bing Liu, Joshua Altman
Sound: James LeBrecht
Production
ITVS, Kartemquin Films, P.O.V./American Documentary
Sales
Dogwoof
Awards
2018 – CPH:DOX, NEXT:WAVE Award – Honourable Mention; DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Nigel Moore Award; Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Top Audience Pick; Sheffield Doc/Fest, Audience Award; Sundance Film Festival, Special Jury Prize; 2019 – Academy Awards, Best Documentary Feature Nominee
Director
Bing Liu

Bing Liu is a 30-year-old Chicago-based filmmaker whose critically acclaimed documentary Minding the Gap has earned over 50 award recognitions since its premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it took home the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking. He directed three storylines on America To Me, a 10-hour series from Steve James that examines racial inequities in the U.S. education system. Bing is a member of the Directors’ Guild of America and was a former member of the International Cinematographers’ Guild. Bing Liu is a 2017 Film Independent Fellow and Garrett Scott Development Grant recipient, and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Filmography

Minding the Gap (2018)

Hall «GEGEMON»
Zhovten cinema
Kostiantynivska St, 26
Original language with English and Ukrainian subtitles
By tickets
Saturday
23 March 2019
16:10
1st floor IZONE
IZONE
Naberezhno-Lugova St, 8
Original language with English and Ukrainian subtitles
Free entrance
Sunday
24 March 2019
19:00
Blue Hall
Kyiv Cinema
vul. Velyka Vasylkivska, 19
Original language with English and Ukrainian subtitles
By tickets
Thursday
28 March 2019
19:00
XVII INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
20–29
March 2020
Bridges of Time / Laika tilti
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Bridges of Time / Laika tilti
Year
2018
Country
Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia
Directors
Audrius Stonys, Kristīne Briede
Duration
78
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Home Games
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Home Games
Year
2018
Country
Ukraine, France, Poland
Director
Alisa Kovalenko
Duration
86
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Island of the Hungry Ghosts
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Island of the Hungry Ghosts
Year
2018
Country
Germany, UK, Australia
Director
Gabrielle Brady
Duration
98
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My Father Is My Mother’s Brother
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My Father Is My Mother’s Brother
Year
2018
Country
Ukraine
Director
Vadym Ilkov
Duration
76
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Still Recording / Lissa Ammetsajjel
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Still Recording / Lissa Ammetsajjel
Year
2018
Country
Syria, Lebanon, Qatar, France, Germany
Directors
Ghiath Ayoub, Saeed Al Batal
Duration
116
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