Skateboarders and Quotas

(Above: Keire Johnson, ‘Minding the Gap’ director Bing Liu and Zack Mulligan)

Looking for a little non-fiction viewing in the waning days of summer?

Hulu will unveil two documentaries later this month: one focused on the world of skateboarding teens; the other on policing quotas in New York City.

Minding the Gap

Director Bing Liu explores correlations between his skateboarder friends’ upbringings and masculinity in Minding the Gap.

The documentary, which compiles over 12 years of footage shot in Liu’s hometown of Rockford, IL, centers on 23-year-old Zack Mulligan, whose relationship with his girlfriend falters following the birth of their son, and 17-year-old Keire Johnson, who struggles with racial identity as he takes on new responsibilities after his father’s death.

The film ultimately is about “generational forgiveness” and “the precarious gap between childhood and adulthood.”

Steve James executive produced Minding the Gap, which won the US Documentary Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking at Sundance in 2018.

You can watch it starting this Friday, August 17, at hulu.com/minding-the-gap.

Crime and Punishment

New York City might have banned quotas on arrests and summonses in 2010, but the practice continued anyway.

That’s the charge made by a group of 12 minority New York Police Department officers who filed a class-action lawsuit against the department in 2015.

Crime and Punishment tells the story of black and Latino whistleblower cops whose department pressured them to arrest and/or give summons to young minorities. The 12 officers, and one private investigator, “risk their careers and safety to bring light to harmful policing practices which have plagued the precincts and streets of New York City for decades.”

Stephen Maing directed. Laura Poitras, perhaps best known for her 2014 documentary about Edward Snowden, Citizenfour, served as executive producer.

Crime and Punishment debuts Friday, August 24. You can watch it at hulu.com/crime–punishment.

More information is available at crimeandpunishmentdoc.com.

 

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