The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission presents a FREE screening of the film Minding the Gap as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at Athens-Clarke County Library on Sunday, April 14 at 3:30PM. Following a screening, producer Diane Quon will participate in a discussion with the audience.
ABOUT THE FILM:
Welcome to Rockford, Illinois, in the heart of Rust-Belt America, home to debut filmmaker Bing Liu. With over twelve years of footage, Bing discovers connections between two of his skateboarder friends’ volatile 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 and his friends, Bing weaves a story of generational forgiveness while exploring the precarious gap between childhood and adulthood.
ABOUT DIANE QUON, PRODUCER
Diane Quon (Producer) lived in Los Angeles for over 17 years before moving back to her hometown of Chicago. While in LA, Diane worked at NBC and at Paramount Pictures where she was last the Vice President of Marketing. Diane is producing multiple documentaries with Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams, Life Itself) including the 2018 Sundance award-winning film, Minding the Gap directed by Bing Liu; Left-Handed Pianist along with Chicago Tribune arts critic Howard Reich, and co-directed by Leslie Simmer and Kartemquin founder Gordon Quinn; and The Dilemma of Desire with Peabody Award-winning director Maria Finitzo. Diane is a 2017 Film Independent Fellow and is currently developing a fiction film based on a New York Times best-selling book.
ABOUT SOUTHERN CIRCUIT:
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts. South Arts, founded in 1975, is a nonprofit regional arts organization advancing Southern vitality through the arts. Their work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective, through an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and linking the South with the nation and the world through the arts.
ABOUT ATHEN CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMISSION:
The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission was established to advise the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government on cultural affairs and aesthetic development of the built environment in accordance with provisions of planning, programming, procurement, installation, operation, and maintenance of public art projects and artworks.