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8th CUFF.Docs Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2020
17th Calgary Underground Film Festival April 20-26, 2020

Minding The Gap

United States, 2018 : Alberta Premiere
Nov. 30 9:45 PM


First-time filmmaker Bing Liu’s documentary MINDING THE GAP, winner of 32 festival awards since its World Premiere at Sundance, is a coming-of-age saga of three skateboarding friends in their Rust Belt hometown hit hard by decades of recession. 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, discipline and domestic abuse, and that precarious chasm between childhood and becoming an adult.

Sundance Film Festival 2018
CPH:DOX 2018
RiverRun International Film Festival 2018
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018
Hot Docs 2018

Bing Liu grew up making skateboarding videos with his friends. He began working in film while attaining a BA in literature from the University of Illinois. He is a member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild and is a segment director on America To Me, a Participant Media and Kartemquin Films produced mini-series directed by Steve James.

Buy Tickets - November 30: 9:45PM


Documentary / Coming of Age / Sport / First Feature


Bing Liu

Executive Producers
Gordon Quinn
Steve James
Betsy Steinberg

Bing Liu
Diane Quon

Bing Liu

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WINNER: Jury Award (Tie), Best Documentary Feature

Winner U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking, Sundance Film Festival 2018
Winner Top Audience Pick, HotDocs 2018
Winner Best Documentary Feature, Nashville Film Festival 2018
Winner Audience Award Best Documentary, Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018



"MINDING THE GAP is about youthful escapism, personal expression, and the cold realization that you can't stay a kid forever. It's heartbreaking, raw, and true."
- Entertainment Weekly
"MINDING THE GAP is no ordinary entry in the genre... it exists because it’s the movie Liu was born to make."
- Variety