March 16, 2018 12:33 pm
- Minding the Gap: Saturday, April 7 - 4:20PM
- America to Me: Sunday, April 8 - 7:30PM
(Director Bing Liu in-person)
(Director Steve James and editor Leslie Simmer in-person)
Minding the Gap, winner of the Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Filmmaking at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, will screen following a showcase of work by the recipients of the 2018 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant. Minding the Gap and Bing Liu were recipients of the grant in 2017. Minding the Gap is directed, produced and edited by Bing Liu, produced by Diane Moy Quon, and edited by Joshua Altman.
Minding the Gap follows three young men as they bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.
"With unassuming skill and style, Liu combines the personal, aesthetic, and political into one integrated work of art."
– Peter Keough, The Boston Globe
America to Me, also fresh off a spectacular Sundance premiere, will screen as the free Closing Night Film on Sunday, April 8. The 10-part docuseries is directed by Steve James with segment directors Bing Liu, Rebecca Parrish, and Kevin Shaw, edited by Steve James, Leslie Simmer and David E. Simpson, co-edited by Alanna Schmelter and associate edited by Rubin Daniels, Jr.. The series was acquired by STARZ for $5 million post-Sundance, and will be released via STARZ in the fall of 2018.
A year-long immersion into one of Chicago's most progressive and diverse public schools, located in suburban Oak Park, America to Me is both intimate and epic. The series explores America's charged state of race, culture and education today with unprecedented depth and scope.
"I suspect that 'America to Me' will end up being one of the year's best shows of any kind."
– Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter