MINDING THE GAP
Skateboarding offers an escape from the confines of family life, perhaps even from Rockford, a city in decline. But eluding life and responsibility is not so easy after all, as a group of boys on the cusp of manhood must learn. Documentary filmmaker Bing Liu is one of them. He observes his friends and himself and their families while marveling at his friends' skateboarding skills. The result is a film that tells of finding oneself and of eluding that self again and again in a rush of speed on four rollers.
Meet the director
Bing Liu came to the United States from China as a young boy. In 2011, he graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in English literature and began working as a camera operator. In 2015, he directed the short documentary film NUOC, about two Vietnamese immigrants. MINDING THE GAP is his first feature-length documentary.