About the Film:
Bing Liu’s lovely portrait of wayward men stumbling into early adulthood functions both as a snapshot of their tumultuous lives and Liu’s own experience alongside them. Combining first-rate skate video footage with a range of confessional moments, Minding the Gap is a warmhearted look at the difficulties of reckoning with the past while attempting to escape its clutches - it contains a staggering degree of maturity for a movie directed and focused on such young subjects.
Often troubling and deeply moving, it is a story about the ways that generational violence and poverty affect families and cities. As a work of nonfiction, it’s stunning; as a piece of storytelling, it’s heartbreaking.
"This film is nothing less than a watershed – there has never been a more in-depth portrayal of late-adolescent masculinity." – DOUGLAS WHITBREAD CPH POST
"A lyrical skateboard ballet when it wants to be and critical introspection amidst the tumult of family and friendship when it absolutely has to be."— INDIEWIRE: "SUNDANCE 2018: THE 12 BEST MOVIES OF THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL"
Community partner: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester
Followed by a Skype Q&A with the director.