“This device cures heartbreak.” - skateboard graffiti, Minding the Gap
When Bing Liu picked up a camera as a boy it was to capture the thrills and stunts of his skateboarding friends as they flew through the empty streets and parks of Rockford, Illinois. In his resulting debut film, Minding the Gap, Liu weaves 12 years of interviews and videos–the boys exhilarating highs and epic fails–into a coming-of-age portrait of three young men and the struggling place they call home.
Winner of over 25 awards including the 2018 Sundance Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking, Minding the Gap explores the bond between boys as they reckon with the hardships and violence that have shaped their lives as they attempt to break the cycle.
On August 7th, join New America NYC at betaworks Studios for a preview screening of Minding the Gap followed by a conversation about the shifting landscape of opportunity in the U.S and what lasting effects it may have on our understanding of work, race, class, and masculinity.
Bing Liu @MindingGapFilm
Director, Minding the Gap
Molly Martin @mollygmartin
Director, New America Indianapolis
Mike Kamber @followbdc
Founder and Executive Director, Bronx Documentary Center
Jimmie Briggs @briggsjimmie
Journalist and activist, gender-based violence
Minding the Gap: A Social Cinema Screening
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
6:00 PM Doors Open
6:30 PM Screening
8:00 PM Conversation
Betaworks Studios, 29 Little West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Follow the conversation online using #MindingtheGap and following @NewAmericaNYC.
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