Bing Liu Film Wins 2018 IDA Award
Skateboarding movie Minding The Gap helmed by Bing Liu has won the International Documentary Association’s award for top feature of 2018.
Minding the Gap is the first feature of Bing Liu and chronicles his friendship over a dozen years with fellow skateboarders Zack Mulligan and Keire Johnson. The film has been praised for presenting an intimate portrait of the trio’s lives, particularly the issue of domestic abuse.
Minding the Gap premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking. Hulu acquired distribution rights in July and it was released theatrically and on Hulu in August. The film was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best documentary feature and the Truer Than Fiction Award and won the New York Film Critics Circle award for best non-fiction Film.
Bing Liu was also presented with the previously announced Emerging Filmmaker Award on Saturday by director Barry Jenkins and Gordon Quinn, artistic director of Kartemquin Films, who said, “I think we all have to agree that Bing Liu has emerged.”
In his acceptance, Liu managed to thank several dozen people and organizations in under two minutes. He also wished his late stepfather would find the peace that eluded him in life.
“In Minding the Gap we see the emergence of Bing Liu as a fresh, bold new voice in documentary. His film sneaks up on audiences and, has a quiet and lasting power.
Minding the Gap topped nine other nominees for the top feature award — Crime + Punishment, Dark Money, Free Solo, Hale County This Morning, This Evening, Of Fathers and Sons, The Silence of Others, Sky and Ground, United Skates and Won’t You Be My Neighbor?