Deadline reported yesterday that the skate doc Minding The Gap has been shortlisted (along with the NYPD arrest quota exposé Crime + Punishment) for this year’s Best Documentary Oscars. This has been one of the strongest years ever in the documentary category, with a handful of streaming services cranking out features to rival the more established studios.
Minding the Gap has been a festival darling, collecting accolades at the Sundance, Hot Docs, and Full Frame film festivals. Even if it doesn’t win at the Academy Awards, it’s still a big win for Hulu. The streaming service obviously supports skate culture, having also produced a documentary about Big Brother magazine (Dumb).
We interviewed the 29-year-old filmmaker Bing Liu about his journey with the project (which has been misleadingly described by critics as Boyhood for skaters). Read it here.