Film Courage: We had another question come in [from the viewers]. It’s much more light-hearted than our previous conversation.
Bing Liu, filmmaker of MINDING THE GAP documentary: What’s their name?
Film Courage: His name is Nafis Mustafa.
Bing: Okay, I’m just hoping for another ZombieDude64.
Film Courage: Nafis, he has commented before and he’s great. He writes “What would be your core advice to aspiring filmmaker?” So let’s supposed somebody is 14 again [like Bing’s story] but not with mini-DV (in the current form). This time they have a 4k camera or another amazing camera that they’re currently using.
Bing: Do it for the love, you know? When I was growing up in Rockford [Illinois, where much of MINDING THE GAP is filmed] being a filmmaker was just such a realistic thing. I was just doing it for the love, right?
I was emulating things, it felt good to be creative. But in terms of making a film, these things take years. So don’t pick something that you’re not truly passionate about. Pick something that you care about more than just making a film.
And I think everyone because of their personal experience, because of where they come from, because of the way they think, everyone has at least one story within themselves that only they can tell and nobody else can tell. I think people should honor and respect that for themselves and I don’t just mean making a personal film about themselves. We really need to sort of have understanding across many different aisles and lines that seem a little bit more highlighted these days, lines of division.
Film Courage: Absolutely. What did you used to film the movie [MINDING THE GAP on Hulu] with from the mini-DV camera to there were other shots that definitely were not mini-DV?
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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