BendFilm Presents...MINDING THE GAP
Mon, Jun 25 at 5:30pm
BendFilm is thrilled to present one of this year's finest documentaries from the festival circuit. Winner of the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival, and Oscar hopeful, MINDING THE GAP is a must see.
Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust-Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship. 1hr 33 min.
"There haven’t been many better documentaries about sensitive masculinity; there’s a beautiful lack of sentimentality to Bing’s depiction of time passing too quickly for comfort."
– CHARLIE PHILLIPS, THE GUARDIAN
"What began as an intimate ode to the simple joys of skateboarding while being young and carefree, a family drama of two young twenty-somethings raising a child together, and the struggle to make a living in a small city seamlessly slides into the spiralling pain of intergenerational trauma, domestic abuse, and toxic masculinity... There’s urgency to their lives, to Liu’s introspection, to the staggering difference between hope and despondency that Minding the Gap bears on its shoulders."
– JOSH HAMM, SCREEN ANARCHY
"Minding The Gap is ultimately more than the sum of its parts; amid the home-video skate footage (a highlight for adrenaline junkies and film lovers alike) and deceptively small-scale story, Liu’s film holds a wealth of timely insight on so much of what plagues America right now: toxic masculinity, domestic and gendered violence, fractured family life, a stagnant rural economy, and deep-seated issues of class and race. "
– PALOMA PACHECO, SAD MAG
"Bing Liu's astonishing and heartbreaking debut documentary unfolds as a powerful saga of self-discovery, uncompromising dreams and finding a path toward survival and true happiness." (4/4 stars)
– JIM BRUNZELL III, STAR TRIBUNE
"The arc of the film recreates the act of learning that the world is more complicated and in many ways harsher than you thought, and it does so in a way that remains totally surprising and fresh throughout its running time, even after it becomes clear what the actual film, once it's no longer a skateboarding movie."
– TIM BRAYTON ALTERNATE ENDING
"A stunning love letter to the escapist act of skateboarding... and a fierce attempt at healing and reconciliation with the past."
– JUSTIN NGUYEN UCSD GUARDIAN