Minding the Gap
First screened in November 2018
Director: Bing Liu. Documentary about three young men growing up in Rockford, Illinois, and contending in different ways with cycles of precarious income and abusive behavior. Interview subjects include Zack Mulligan, Kiere Johnson, and Bing Liu.

Twitter Capsule: Poignant take on middle American cycles of pain, even if levels of candor surpass those of insight or subtle craft.

VOR:   I've seen such stories told with more stylistic assurance and tougher inquiry, even from the same studio, but this is still a rare, valuable chronicle.

Photo © 2018 Hulu/Kartemquin Films/ITVS

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Documentary Feature

Other Awards:
Sundance Film Festival: Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Filmmaking
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Nonfiction Film
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Film Editing (Bing Liu and Joshua Altman)
National Society of Film Critics/i>: Best Documentary Feature
Chicago Film Critics Association: Best Documentary Feature; Most Promising Filmmaker
Independent Spirit Awards: Truer Than Fiction Award

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