The City of Rockford is the star of a new documentary film that is now streaming on Hulu.

2008 Rock Valley College graduate Bing Liu directed 'Minding The Gap.' The 96 minute film focuses on the lives of two Rockford area skateboarders who face a number of challenges of life in Rockford and the difficulties of growing up in a town that has significant problems.

On August 17th, the film debuted on the Hulu streaming service. According to Rock Valley College:

Liu’s film was listed as IndieWire’s most anticipated movies to premiere at Sundance and earned the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking. It’s his hope that his film eventually reaches its intended audience: lost and confused adolescents. “Hopefully it speaks to young people,” Liu said. “I feel like they aren’t given a lot of opportunities for them to be spoken to in film. Hopefully they’ll feel less alone.”

View the Hulu trailer below:

The film is much deeper than a movie about three skateboarders, the movie digs deeper into the lives of three young men who bond together to escape volatile families. Skateboarding is the thread that ties the men's lives together as they face responsibilities of growing into adulthood.

The movie will also be shown on the big screen in Rockford on Mosaic World Film Festival at Rockford's Nordlof Center in Downtown Rockford on Friday, August 24th. Show time is 7:15pm



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