About the Film
First-time filmmaker Bing Liu’s documentary Minding the Gap is a coming-of-age saga of three
skateboarding friends in their Rust Belt hometown hit hard by decades of recession. In his
quest to understand why he and his friends all ran away from home when they were younger,
Bing follows 23-year-old Zack as he becomes a father and 17-year-old Keire as he gets his first
job. As the film unfolds, Bing is thrust into the middle of Zack’s tumultuous relationship with his
girlfriend and Keire’s inner struggles with racial identity and his deceased father. While
navigating a complex relationship between his camera and his friends, Bing explores the gap
between fathers and sons, between discipline and domestic abuse, and ultimately that
precarious chasm between childhood and becoming an adult.
Winner of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking. Presented in partnership with Peace House as part of the Reel Community Series.
Schedule for the evening:
Pre-film reception starting at 6pm with representatives from community organizations providing resources for issues related to interpersonal violence. Refreshments will be provided.
Post-film panel with Renai Bodley, KPCW General Manager, moderator; Jen Oxborrow, Executive Director UDVC; Hilde Koenig, Utah Office for Victims of Crime; Julie Stephenson, UCASA Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault; and, Serena Haas, Teen Council, PCHS Student and Skateboarder.