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CineYouth Festival: Opening Night

Join us for the 2018 CineYouth Festival Opening Night screening of MINDING THE GAP, a film by Bing Liu, produced by Chicago’s Kartemquin Films. Immediately following the screening will be a Q&A with Producer Diane Quon and Subjects Keire Johnson and Kent Abernathy.


by Bing Liu

Winner of the 2018 Sundance Special Jury Award – Breakthrough Filmmaking, US Documentary

First-time filmmaker Bing Liu’s documentary Minding the Gap is a coming-of-age saga of three skateboarding friends in their Rust Belt hometown hit hard by decades of recession. In his quest to understand why he and his friends all ran away from home when they were younger, Bing follows 23-year-old Zack as he becomes a father and 17-year-old Keire as he gets his first job. As the film unfolds, Bing is thrust into the middle of Zack’s tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend and Keire’s inner struggles with racial identity and his deceased father. While navigating a complex relationship between his camera and his friends, Bing explores the gap between fathers and sons, between discipline and domestic abuse, and ultimately that precarious chasm between childhood and becoming an adult.

Event Information

Friday, April 20, 2018


Music Box Theatre
3733 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

Admission is FREE. Please arrive early (recommend 30 minutes early) as seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to theater capacity.

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