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 emerge that ultimately draw the filmmaker into a heartrending confrontation with his own past. With 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

  • 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
  • Two new audio commentaries, one featuring Liu and the other 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, 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
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Jay Caspian Kang

New cover by Katherine Lam

Purchase Options

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
  • Two new audio commentaries, one featuring Liu and the other 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, 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
  • 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, Zack’s girlfriend
Kyle, Zack’s roommate
Roberta, Keire’s mother
Eric, skateboard-shop owner
Vickie, Nina’s aunt
Kent, Bing’s brother
Mengyue, Bing’s mother
Credits
Director
Bing Liu
Producer
Diane Quon
Producer
Bing Liu
Editor
Joshua Altman
Editor
Bing Liu
Executive producer
Sally Jo Fifer
Executive producer
Justine Nagan
Executive producer
Chris White
Executive producer
Gordon Quinn
Executive producer
Steve James
Executive producer
Betsy Steinberg
Cinematography
Bing Liu
Original music by
Nathan Halpern
Original music by
Chris Ruggiero
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
Sound mixer
James LeBrecht
Motion graphics artist
Jesse Kerman
Colorist
Tyler Roth

From The Current

Minding the Gap: What It’s About
Minding the Gap: What It’s About

Bing Liu’s extraordinary debut feature was originally conceived as a documentary about skaters around the country and ultimately became an unflinching exploration of family, trauma, and the filmmaker’s own life.

By Jay Caspian Kang