2018 MWFF Spotlight Award Winner

We are very proud to announce this year’s ‘MWFF Spotlight Feature’ winner is Minding the Gap, directed by Rockford native Bing Liu!

“Minding the Gap” is about three young men who bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.

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First-time filmmaker Bing Liu’s documentary Minding the Gap is a coming-of-age saga of three skateboarding friends in their Rust Belt hometown hit hard by decades of recession. In his quest to understand why he and his friends all ran away from home when they were younger, Bing follows 23-year-old Zack as he becomes a father and 17-year-old Keire as he gets his first job. As the film unfolds, Bing is thrust into the middle of Zack’s tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend and Keire’s inner struggles with racial identity and his deceased father. While navigating a complex relationship between his camera and his friends, Bing explores the gap between fathers and sons, between discipline and domestic abuse, and ultimately that precarious chasm between childhood and becoming an adult.

Tickets can be purchased online via our FilmFreeway page.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24th, 6PM – SPOTLIGHT FILM SCREENING and Q & A
The opening night’s events will begin with our annual Spotlight Winner’s reception at 6pm. The film will begin at 7:15pm and be followed at 9PM by a filmmaker and cast Q&A.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25th, 2PM
Our second Minding the Gap screening and Q&A will begin at 2pm and precedes our annual regional filmmakers reception and screening.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26th, 4:30PM
Our third Minding the Gap screening and Q&A will begin at 4:30pm and will conclude our screenings for the entire 2018 MWFF.

All tickets can be purchased now and allow access to any of the screening programs for that day of purchase. Tickets for any days that do not sell out online will be available at the Nordlof Center box office on that day beginning at 10:30am.

Hope to see you at the #2018MWFF!

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