Fatherhood, Forgiveness and Skateboarding – Filmmaker Bing Liu on Documentary Film MINDING THE GAP

Watch the video interview on Youtube here


Film Courage: Your movie has so many themes – fatherhood and family, breaking out of or staying in a small town, etc. What do you want people to gain from MINDING THE GAP?

One of 3 men featured in MINDING THE GAP, Kiere poses while at work.

Bing Liu, filmmaker of MINDING THE GAP:  Life moves really fast. We go into our 20’s and we get a job, a career, family (maybe). Then we turn 30 and all of the sudden we get old. But then we’ve often experienced adolescence as a time where our emotions are not taken seriously.They are brushed off as like just grow up or oh, you’re being so emotional. And there are all these epithets that sort of unconsciously tell us like oh no, we need to grow up, we need to grow up.

Kiere and Bing at a Q&A for MINDING THE GAP

But in fact that time of adolescence it’s such a soft time, such a malleable time and it just informs who we become so much.

Even in the little things like getting our first job or taking about our father for the first time with a trusted friend, that stuff really matters. And I think we should give it the respect and the analysis that it deserves. I think it will help us understand ourselves as adults.

Also, we were talking about this off camera but there are millions of Zack and Kiere’s out there and not all of them happen to skateboard. These are issues that youth face across the board…(Stay tuned for the full video interview with Bing Liu coming soon!)

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Kartemquin Films presents MINDING THE GAP on Hulu.

Three young men bond across racial lines to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. Ten years later, while facing adult responsibilities, unsettling revelations force them to reckon with their fathers, their mothers, and each other.

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Image courtesy of MINDING THE GAP movie



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Compiling over 12 years of footage shot in his hometown of Rockford, IL, in MINDING THE GAP, Bing Liu searches for correlations between his skateboarder friends’ turbulent upbringings and the complexities of modern-day masculinity. As the film unfolds, Bing captures the deterioration of 23-year-old Zack’s tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend after the birth of their son, and 17-year-old Kiere’s struggle with his racial identity as he faces new responsibilities following the death of his father. While navigating a difficult relationship between his camera, his friends, and his own past, Bing ultimately weaves a story of generational forgiveness while exploring the precarious gap between childhood and adulthood.
The film is produced by Liu and Diane Quon for Kartemquin Films, and edited by Liu and Joshua Altman. Executive producers are Steve James, Gordon Quinn, Betsy Steinberg, Sally Jo Fifer, Justine Nagan, and Chris White.


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