August 14, 2018, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office] and Hulu invite you and a guest to attend a special advance screening of

Minding the Gap

Directed by Bing Liu
Produced by Bing Liu and Diane Quon
Executive Produced by Steve James,
Gordon Quinn, and Betsy Steinberg

Followed by a Q&A with Bing Liu

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



***Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking
2018 Sundance Film Festival***

Opens in Los Angeles on Friday, August 17th, 2018

About Minding the Gap

Compiling over 12 years of footage shot in his hometown of Rockford, IL, in Minding the Gap, Bing Liu searches for correlations between his skateboarder friends' turbulent upbringings and the complexities of modern-day masculinity. As the film unfolds, Bing captures 23-year-old Zack’s tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend deteriorate after the birth of their son and 17-year-old Keire struggling with his racial identity as he faces new responsibilities following the death of his father. While navigating a difficult relationship between his camera, his friends, and his own past, Bing ultimately weaves a story of generational forgiveness while exploring the precarious gap between childhood and adulthood.

Provided courtesy of Hulu. Not rated. Running time: 93 minutes.

Visit the Official Website: https://www.mindingthegapfilm.com/
Visit the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/mindingthegapdoc/
Visit the Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/MindingGapFilm
Visit the Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/bingliu89/

Awards and Distinctions

  • Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking - 2018 Sundance Film Festival
  • Audience Award Best Documentary Feature - 2018 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
  • Honorable Mention: Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award - 2018 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
  • Best Documentary Feature - 2018 Sarasota Film Festival
  • Best Documentary Feature - 2018 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
  • Best Documentary Feature - 2018 RiverRun International Film Festival
  • Best Documentary Feature: Grand Jury Prize - 2018 Nashville Film Festival
  • Best Editing: Documentary Feature - 2018 Ashland Independent Film Festival
  • Grand Jury Prize: Documentary Competition - 2018 Nashville Film Festival
  • Documentary Competition Winner - 2018 CAAMFest
  • Audience Award - 2018 San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase
  • Audience Award - 2018 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
  • Best Director: Non-Fiction Feature - Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
  • Grand Prix Award - 2018 Docs Against Gravity
  • Lower Silesia Grand Prix Award - 2018 Docs Against Gravity
  • Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming - 2018 DOXA Documentary Film Festival
  • Nominee: New Talent Award - 2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest
  • Special Mention: Next:Wave Award - 2018 CPH:DOX
  • Top Audience Pick: World Showcase Program - 2018 Hot Docs
  • Honorable Mention: Best Documentary - 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival
  • One in a Million Award - 2018 Sun Valley Film Festival
  • Spotlight Film Award - 2018 Mosaic World Film Festival

About the Guest

Bing Liu (Director, Producer)

Bing is a Chicago-based director and cinematographer who Variety Magazine listed as one of 10 documentary filmmakers to watch. His 2018 critically acclaimed documentary Minding the Gap took home the Breakthrough Filmmaking Award at Sundance Film Festival, the Audience Award at Full Frame Film Festival, the Best Documentary Award at Sarasota Film Festival, and many more. He is also a segment director on America To Me, a 10-hour documentary series examining racial inequities in America’s education system, set to premiere on Starz. Bing was a member of the International Cinematographers Guild for seven years, working alongside master directors of photography including John Toll, Matthew Libatique, and Wally Pfister. Bing is a 2017 Film Independent Fellow and Garrett Scott Development Grant recipient and has a B.A. in Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain.

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu