June 5, 2018 10:45 am
Kartemquin is thrilled to share that Hulu has acquired Sundance award-winning Minding the Gap by Bing Liu. The film will be available on Hulu and released theatrically by Magnolia beginning August 17.
Minding the Gap has thus far accumulated 26 award recognitions since its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where the film earned the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking. Since its premiere, Minding the Gap has gone on to win top awards at Full Frame, Sarasota, Ashland, Mountainfilm, Minneapolis St. Paul, Nashville, RiverRun, and Docs Against Gravity. Variety listed first-time director Bing Liu as one of '10 Documentarians to Watch in 2018.'
Liu originally brought the film to Kartemquin through its Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) program, a professional mentorship program for documentary makers of color organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago.
"When I first started developing Minding the Gap, I knew I wanted it to be accessible to young audiences, so I’m enthused with the reach the film will have as a Hulu Original,” said Liu. “The film has elicited strong emotional responses with festival viewers around the world, so I’m happy with Hulu’s plans for a theatrical release and an outreach campaign to engage audiences in discussing the issues the film explores. I’m infinitely grateful for the friends and collaborators who’ve made the film possible, especially the brave participants of the film.”
Coming up, the film screens at the Las Vegas Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Canadian Sport Film Festival, AFI DOCS, the Nantucket Film Festival, BAMcinemaFest, Stronger Than Fiction, Mosaic World Film Festival and the Docutah International Film Festival. Find all upcoming screenings here.
Praise for Minding the Gap
"An audacious feature debut on all levels" – Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter
"There haven't been many better documentaries about sensitive masculinity." – Charlie Phillips, The Guardian
"Heartbreakingly honest... the footage that makes up Minding the Gap remains raw and true to the end." – Eric Hynes, Film Comment
"This film is nothing less than a watershed – there has never been a more in-depth portrayal of late-adolescent masculinity." – Douglas Whitbread, CPH Post
Minding the Gap is produced by Liu and Diane Quon through Kartemquin Films, and edited by Liu and Joshua Altman. Executive producers are Steve James, Gordon Quinn, Betsy Steinberg, Sally Jo Fifer, Justine Nagan, and Chris White. MINDING THE GAP is a co-production of Kartemquin Films, American Documentary | POV, and Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. Magnolia Pictures will handle the theatrical distribution.