Online subscription streaming service Hulu has acquired the rights to Bing Liu’s award-winning directorial debut, Minding the Gap.
On August 17 the doc will be released as a Hulu Documentary theatrically across U.S. key markets – theatrical distribution handled by Magnolia Pictures – and on Hulu.
Mind the Gap uses 12 years of footage shot in Rockford, IL, to tell the story of three young men and the correlation between their tumultuous upbringings and their current day adult responsibilities. The film touches on such topics as modern-day masculinity, racial identity, death, birth, relationships and more.
The film had its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it picked up the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking.
Minding the Gap is a co-production of Kartemquin Films, American Documentary, POV, and Independent Television Service (ITVS). Liu and Kartemquin Films’ Diane Quon produce. Executive producers are Steve James, Gordon Quinn, Betsy Steinberg, Sally Jo Fifer, Justine Nagan, and Chris White.
“When I first started developing Minding the Gap, I knew I wanted it to be accessible to young audiences, so I’m enthused with the reach the film will have as a Hulu Original,” said Liu, in a statement.