The PBS program POV has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to filmmaker Bing Liu’s Rockford-made film ‘Minding the Gap’.
“A couple years ago, POV was the first organization to put financial backing into Minding the Gap when they came on as co-producers,” Minding the Gap director Bing Liu added. “The film literally wouldn’t have been made without them (or at least would’ve taken even longer to finish). It’s an honor to be one of the films chosen to close out the season in 2019.”
‘Minding the Gap’ is a coming-of-age saga of three skateboarding friends in their Rust Belt hometown. There, Bing Liu explores various heady subjects, from masculinity to racial identity to domestic abuse and the transition to adulthood. Minding the Gap was the winner of a Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it premiered, the Audience Award at the 2018 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and the 2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest, among over 25 festival distinctions. The film is a co-production of Kartemquin Films, American Documentary | POV and Independent Television Service (ITVS).
The streaming service Hulu recently announced it had acquired ‘Minding the Gap’ for theatrical and streaming in August of 2018.