Minding the Gap
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Length: 93 mins
Director: Bing Liu
Cast: Kiere Johnson, Bing Liu, Zack Mulligan
An Oscar-nominated documentary that is unusually open about the pains of becoming a man, Minding the Gap begins with three boys obsessed with skateboarding.
One of them is director Bing Liu, and we watch as his story and those of his friends broadens out to include the complications of race, class and masculinity in their lives.
Although more than a film about skateboarding, it excels at showing the amazing physical skill of the sport, as well as how the subculture is woven into their lives. A rare and intimate chance to see how the years affect boys as they become men.
“It will warm your heart but possibly break it a little too.” ★★★★ – Time Out
“It’s the movie Liu was born to make, the one he had to get off his chest before he could move on in his filmmaking career.” – Variety
“Minding the Gap becomes less a story about the ad hoc fraternity of skateboarders and more about the fractured home life that sends them looking for a surrogate family.” – Slate