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2018 Asian American International Film Festival


Directed by Bing Liu

DOCUMENTARIES / USA / Documentary / 93 mins / English


Village East Cinema
August 2, 2018 8:15 pm Not Available


Q&A to follow with filmmakers

First-time filmmaker Bing Liu’s documentary Minding the Gap is a coming-of-age saga of three skateboarding friends in their Rust Belt hometown hit hard by decades of recession. In his quest to understand why he and his friends all ran away from home when they were younger, Bing follows 23-year-old Zack as he becomes a father and 17-year-old Keire as he gets his first job. As the film unfolds, Bing is thrust into the middle of Zack’s tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend and Keire’s inner struggles with racial identity and his deceased father. While navigating a complex relationship between his camera and his friends, Bing explores the gap between fathers and sons, between discipline and domestic abuse, and ultimately that precarious chasm between childhood and becoming an adult.

Sundance 2018, won jury award for “break through film”

Tickets to Screening:

$16 General
$12 Student/Senior

Director's Bio

Bing Liu is a Chicago-based director and cinematographer and one of the “10 Documentarians to Watch in 2018” (Variety). His 2018 critically acclaimed documentary, MINDING THE GAP, took home the Breakthrough Filmmaking Award at Sundance Film Festival, the Audience Award at Full Frame Film Festival, the Best Documentary Award at Sarasota Film Festival, and many more. Liu is also a segment director on AMERICA TO ME, a 10-hour documentary series examining racial inequities in America’s education system, set to premiere on Starz. Liu was a member of the International Cinematographers Guild for seven years, working alongside master directors of photography including John Toll, Matthew Libatique, and Wally Pfister. Liu is a 2017 Film Independent Fellow and Garrett Scott Development Grant recipient and has a B.A. in Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Executive Producer: Steve James
Producer: Diane Quon
Editor: Josh Altman

Dates & Times


Village East Cinema
August 2, 2018 8:15 pm Not Available