Bing Liu’s first feature is a documentary chronicling 12 years in the life of a skateboarder. The film, Minding The Gap, takes place in Illinois and uses skateboarding as a natural thread connecting its main characters as they transition from childhood to adulthood. Naturally, there are comparisons to Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, the Oscar darling that captured one kid’s adolescence. But… we’re skaters so we’re inclined to think this doc will blow it out of the water. The project, purely as a time capsule, should be mandatory viewing for skaters and non-skaters alike.
Minding The Gap won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and will be released on August 17 on Hulu. If you don’t already subscribe to Hulu, we have two words for you: Free Trial. Show ‘em that there’s a huge audience for this kind of content and just maybe we can look forward to seeing more work like this in the near future!