Show Notes

Youth culture (and specifically docs dealing with subjects ?on wheels?) is the topic this week as we look at UNITED SKATES about roller skating in African American communities across the U.S. and MINDING THE GAP about three skateboarding friends growing up in the rust belt.

Note: This interview with Bing Liu was recorded before the Oscar nominations were announced, hence we did not mention MINDING THE GAP being nominated in the 2019 Best Documentary category. But, we are very excited about that development since recording!

Group Review Documentary:

UNITED SKATES (2018) / USA (Directors / Producers: Tina Brown, Dyana Winkler)


Audio excerpts courtesy of HBO


Film Featured in Interview Portion:

MINDING THE GAP (2018) / USA (Director / Producer: Bing Liu, Produced by Diane Moy Quon)

Now playing on Hulu and available on PBS on 2/18/19


Other Films Mentioned:

American High / 2001 (Creator: R.J. Cutler)

Bowling For Columbine / 2002 (Director: Michael Moore)

Boyhood / 2014 (Director: Richard Linklater)

Desolation Center / 2019 (Director: Stuart Swezey)

Dogs / 2018 (Creator: Glen Zipper)

Dogtown and Z-Boys / 2001 (Director: Stacy Peralta)

Hell on Wheels / 2007 (Director: Bob Ray)

Hoop Dreams / 1994 (Director: Steve James)

The Interrupters / 2011 (Director: Steve James)

Kedi / 2017 (Director: Ceyda Torun)

Los Punks: We Are All We Have / 2016 (Director: Angela Boatwright)

Paris is Burning / 1991 (Director: Jennie Livingston)

Promises / 2002 (Directors: Justine Shapiro, B.Z. Goldberg, Carlos Bolado)

Slomo / 2013 (Directors: Josh Izenberg, Amanda Micheli)

Streetwise / 1984 (Director: Martin Bell)

This is Everything Gigi Gorgeous / 2017 (Director: Barbara Kopple)

Village at the End of the World / 2013 (Directors: Sarah Gavron, David Katznelson)

Waking Life / 2001 (Director: Richard Linklater)



00:45 - Intro discussion about Youth Culture docs

14:55 - Group review of UNITED SKATES

31:43 - Group interview with Bing Liu, director of MINDING THE GAP

47:45 - Doc Talk


Hammer to Nail Links by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:





Artwork by Hilary Campbell

Intro music by Jeremiah Moore

Editing by Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Transitional music by BELLS (thanks to Christopher Ernst)