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Minding the Gap

(Bing Liu, 2018)
Director in person

Columbus Premiere

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“As a work of nonfiction, it’s stunning; as a piece of storytelling, it’s heartbreaking.” —Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

Winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking, Minding the Gap has probably won more film festival audience awards than any other documentary this year, and it’s easy to see why. As a high school student, Bing Liu started documenting the skateboard tricks that he and his buddies would perform in their Rust Belt hometown while trying to escape their volatile families. Over the next decade, Liu continued filming, and in Minding the Gap, we see the threesome become young adults, take on new responsibilities, deal with unexpected revelations, and learn that skateboarding isn’t enough to hold their friendships together as their lives become less simple. With a sprawl of time reminiscent of Steve James’s Hoop Dreams or Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, what starts out as a movie about skateboarding stealthily builds layers of emotion to become a searing portrait of contemporary masculinity. (100 mins., DCP)

Two boys, one holds a skateboard

Minding the Gap, image courtesy of Kartemquin Films

Three boys skate on the road

Minding the Gap, image courtesy of Kartemquin Films

A boy walks across fallen leaves

Minding the Gap, image courtesy of Kartemquin Films

A man holds a small child

Minding the Gap, image courtesy of Kartemquin Films

A boy stands in front of a mural

Minding the Gap, image courtesy of Kartemquin Films

Two men on a couch, one holds a baby

Minding the Gap, image courtesy of Kartemquin Films

SEASON SUPPORT FOR FILM/VIDEO

Rohauer Collection Foundation

 

SUPPORT FOR THE FILM/VIDEO STUDIO PROGRAM

Institute of Museum and Library Services

National Endowment for the Arts

 

SUPPORT FOR FREE AND LOW-COST PROGRAMS

Huntington Bank

Cardinal Health Foundation

 

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER

Greater Columbus Arts Council

Ohio Arts Council

The Columbus Foundation

Nationwide Foundation

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Minding the Gap