In a momentous weekend for the film, Minding the Gap earned both the Best Documentary Feature Award and the Audience Choice Award at the Mountainfilm Festival, as well as the Special Jury Award for Bravery at the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival.
Mountainfilm's jury included Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, Medicine for Melancholy), Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Ice, Chasing Coral), and Roko Belic (Genghis Blues).
"There was one film that the three of us kept coming back to, kept gravitating towards, from a really talented filmmaker and a really sensitive filmmaker. There are so many issues that our country and our world are struggling with right now, and this film managed to interweave a bunch of them seamlessly," said Jeff Orlowski.
Watch director Bing Liu accept the award for Mountainfilm's Best Documentary Feature:
MINDING THE GAP wins @Mountainfilm Best Doc Feature & Audience Choice. In his acceptance speech, Liu quotes the inside cover of @mountain_goats’ The Sunset Tree:
“This is for every person that has survived abuse... you will survive and you will live to tell your tale.” pic.twitter.com/couu3p8bRA
— Minding the Gap (@MindingGapFilm) May 29, 2018
"Likely to provoke tears, Bing Liu's debut feature Minding the Gap offers tender stories of a group of Rust Belt skateboarding boys as they become men and have to deal with the troubles that a board and your friends can't solve. There haven't been many better documentaries about sensitive masculinity; there's a beautiful lack of sentimentality to Bing's depiction of time passing too quickly for comfort."
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