Bing Liu is a Sundance award-winning, new talent referred to “the real deal” by reviewers and peers alike. Bing’s documentary feature debut, Minding The Gap, won the Sundance 2018 Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking and is a 2019 Oscar Nominee for Best Documentary.
An emotional and spirited film, Minding the Gap, follows three young men, friends who bond over their love of skateboarding as they contend with the volatile family issues they come to learn and share. The film’s blend of artful character-driven vérité storytelling and beautiful cinematography set it apart.
Following Sundance, the film is screening at other festivals of note. Copenhagen’s Next Wave says:
“We are in Rockford, Illinois – in the heart of the American rust belt – where Zack, Keire and Bing kill time skating around the city and partying. The deep friendship of the small trio is the core of Bing Liu’s formidable debut and Sundance darling, where every choice in life – both right and wrong – closes one door and opens a new one. For even though their friends feel more like a family than their own families, all three of them have their own demons to fight with on the home front… ‘Minding the Gap’ is a film created with youthful energy, but with an impressive level of maturity and insight. Bing Liu will not be one of the great filmmakers in the future. He already is one.”
Bing is also a Story Director / DP America To Me for Executive Producer and Director Steve James. The nonfiction episodic series, the first ever to screen at Sundance, is a look at one of Chicago’s most exemplary and diverse public schools as they grapple with racial and educational inequalities and the challenges of today’s teenagers.
Bing started his career as a teenager filming his friends while they skate, and honed his talent in cinematography and editing while pursuing a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. At 19 he began freelancing as a grip and by age 23 he joined the International Cinematographer’s Guild, working in the camera department.
First Showing reviewed Minding the Gap as “honest storytelling at its finest.” Read the article here.