MINDING THE GAP
Winner of a Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and among the National Board of Review's top five documentaries of 2018, MINDING THE GAP is a rare example of a film uniting critics and audiences across the board with its technical skill and flawless storytelling. Filmed over a decade in the lives of three best friends, this arresting debut documentary about a group of Rust Belt skaters explores everything from domestic violence to absent fathers to racial identity, all with an empathetic eye toward its subjects. In what was first meant to be a skate film, director Bing Liu weaves his stunning cinematography with intimate footage to profile Zack as he becomes a father, Keire as he gets his first job and himself as he finds his voice as a filmmaker and comes to grips with his tumultuous childhood. Named Best Documentary of 2018 by the Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver film critics' associations, this portrait of an industrial town and three of its sons is as beautiful in its visuals as it is in its emotional exploration. DIR/SCR/PROD Bing Liu; PROD Diane Moy Quon. U.S., 2018, color, 93 min. NOT RATED
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