A punk rocker-turned-Zen priest helps desperate people re-discover the will to live through counseling, and must practice what he preaches.
Bing Liu moved from China to Alabama to California to Illinois before he was eight. He received a B.A. in English literature from UIC in May of 2011. Since July 2011, Bing has been a member of the International Cinematographer's Guild, working on projects including Shameless, Empire, and Chiraq to fund his documentaries. In 2015, his short film about two… Show more Vietnamese immigrants, Nuoc, won Best Directed Documentary at the Collected Voices Film Festival. Since September 2015, Bing has been a Story Director and DP for a documentary mini-series on race and education directed by Steve James. He has taken his directorial feature, Minding the Gap, through Kartemquin’s Diverse Voices in Documentary, Tribeca All Access, Firelight Media’s Producer Lab, and Chicago Media Project’s DOC10 pitch session. Show less
Diane 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 Vice President of Marketing. Since 2015, Diane has been working on multiple Kartemquin Films including producing Minding the Gap, the Norman Malone project and The Dilemma of Desire, as well as… Show more overseeing the marketing and outreach for recent Kartemquin films Unbroken Glass and In the Game. In addition, Diane’s short documentary, Cliff, Superfan! began its festival run October 2016. In early 2016, Diane joined Peabody-winning filmmaker Maria Finitzo’s production company, FilmArts Productions. Show less
Bing, a Chinese American 25-year-old, returns to his hometown and reconnects with two skateboarders: Keire, an African American 17-year-old, and Zack, a white 23-year-old. Bing’s investigation of trauma in their homes culminates in him confronting his own estranged family, and over the next three years, Bing and his friends’ freewheeling lives unravel as they struggle with a rocky transition from adolescence into manhood.