His coming-of-age story will compete with Three Identical Strangers, Won't You Be My Neighbor? and more
Bing Liu's documentary Minding the Gap gained awards season momentum with the announcement of the nominations for the Cinema Eye Honors. It was recognized in seven categories, including Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking and Outstanding Achievement in Direction.
Liu's film explores the abusive childhoods he and two friends experienced growing up in Rockford, Illinois, and how skateboarding became a crucial escape for them. Minding the Gap also claimed nominations for editing, cinematography, original score and Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film.
The total of seven nods "ties a record for the most nominations in Cinema Eye history, matching Louie Psihoyos’ The Cove, Lixin Fan’s Last Train Home and Ari Folman’s Waltz With Bashir," Cinema Eye noted in a press release.
In the best doc category, Minding the Gap will go up against Bisbee '17, directed by Robert Greene; Hale County This Morning, This Evening by director RaMell Ross; Of Fathers and Sons by Talal Derki; Tim Wardle's Three Identical Strangers, and Morgan Neville's Won't You Be My Neighbor?
The Cinema Eye Honors will be presented Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. For the fourth year in a row filmmaker Steve James will host the ceremony. He is also nominated in the Outstanding Nonfiction Series category for his Showtime show America to Me.
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.