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Dogwoof boards Kartemquin’s “Minding the Gap”

London-based documentary distributor and sales agent Dogwoof has acquired the international rights to Bing Liu’s Sundance-bound Minding the Gap. Produced by Kartemquin Films, Minding the Gap chronicles a group of three ...
January 10, 2018

London-based documentary distributor and sales agent Dogwoof has acquired the international rights to Bing Liu’s Sundance-bound Minding the Gap.

Produced by Kartemquin Films, Minding the Gap chronicles a group of three young men who, over the course of a decade, bond together through skateboarding to escape volatile home lives in Rockford, Illinois. Archive footage is interwoven with current interviews and skateboarding footage to follow the trio as they navigate unexpected revelations that threaten their friendship.

The film was coproduced by American Documentary│POV and ITVS.

A beneficiary of the 2017 Sundance Institute Documentary Fund Grant, Minding the Gap makes its world premiere on Jan. 21 in the U.S. Documentary Competition section of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

The agreement will see Dogwoof handle all foreign sales, while North American territories are handled by CAA. Dogwoof will also present the film to European buyers at Berlin’s European Film Market, which runs Feb. 15-23.

The acquisition marks the third film Dogwoof has picked up from Kartemquin, following The Interrupters and Life Itself, both directed by Steve James.

Minding the Gap is executive produced by Steve James, Gordon Quinn, Betsy Steinberg; Justine Nagan and Chris White for American Documentary | POV; and Sally Jo Fifer for ITVS.

Diane Moy Quon is producer.

Funding for the doc was provided by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.

“It’s great to be continuing our relationship with the wonderful folk at Kartemquin, who have once again produced a gem in Minding the Gap,” said Oli Harbottle, head of distribution and acquisitions at Dogwoof, in a statement. “First-time filmmaker Bing Liu has delivered something quite extraordinary with this deeply personal coming-of-age story, and we are excited to be supporting such a clear talent at the beginning of what promises to be a truly exciting career.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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