Bing Liu

Minding the Gap

Minding the Gap

This extraordinary debut from documentarian Bing Liu weaves a story of skateboarding, friendship, and fathers and sons into a coming-of-age journey of courageous vulnerability. Over the course of several years and with his camera always at the ready, Liu records the rocky paths into adulthood of Keire and Zack, two friends from his own skateboarding community in Rockford, Illinois. As he does so, deeper parallels gradually emerge that ultimately draw the filmmaker into a heartrending confrontation with his own past. With an eye for images of exhilarating poetry and a keen emotional sensitivity, Minding the Gap is a powerfully cathartic portrait of fledgling lives forged in trauma and fighting to break free.

Film Info

  • Bing Liu
  • United States
  • 2018
  • 93 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
  • Spine #1061

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • New high-definition digital master, approved by director Bing Liu, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring Liu and documentary subjects Keire Johnson and Zack Mulligan
  • New follow-up conversation between Liu and documentary subject Nina Bowgren
  • New programs featuring interviews with professional skateboarder Tony Hawk and with Liu, Minding the Gap executive producer Gordon Quinn, and producer Diane Quon
  • Four outtake scenes with introductions by Liu
  • Nước (2010), a short film by Liu about two Vietnamese immigrants growing up American
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Jay Caspian Kang

New cover by Katherine Lam

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Jan 12, 2021

Special Features

  • New high-definition digital master, approved by director Bing Liu, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring Liu and documentary subjects Keire Johnson and Zack Mulligan
  • New follow-up conversation between Liu and documentary subject Nina Bowgren
  • New programs featuring interviews with professional skateboarder Tony Hawk and with Liu, Minding the Gap executive producer Gordon Quinn, and producer Diane Quon
  • Four outtake scenes with introductions by Liu
  • Nước (2010), a short film by Liu about two Vietnamese immigrants growing up American
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Jay Caspian Kang

New cover by Katherine Lam

Minding the Gap
Cast
Zack Mulligan
Keire Johnson
Bing Liu
Nina Bowgren
Kyle, Zack’s roommate
Roberta, Keire’s mother
Eric, Ground Floor Skateboards owner
Vickie, Nina’s aunt
Kent, Bing’s brother
Mengyue, Bing’s mother
Credits
Director
Bing Liu
Producer
Diane Quon
Producer
Bing Liu
Editor
Bing Liu
Editor
Joshua Altman
Executive producer
Steve James
Executive producer
Gordon Quinn
Executive producer
Betsy Steinberg
Executive producer
Sally Jo
Executive producer
Justine Nagan
Executive producer
Chris White
Original music by
Nathan Halpern
Original music by
Chris Ruggiero
Cinematography
Bing Liu
Supervising producer for ITVS
Michael Kinomoto
Director of communications and distribution for Kartemquin Films
Tim Horsburgh
Postproduction supervisor
Ryan Gleeson
Dialogue editor
Erik Reimers
Sound design
Bijan Sharifi
Music supervisor
Brooke Wentz