Emerging Doc Filmmaker Award
Bing Liu is a Chicago-based director and cinematographer whom Variety Magazine cited as one of 10 documentary filmmakers to watch. His critically acclaimed documentary Minding the Gap has earned over 28 award recognitions since its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it took home the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking. He also directed three storylines on America To Me, a 10-hour documentary series from Steve James that examines racial inequities in the US education system; the series aired on Starz in August. Liu was a member of the International Cinematographers Guild for seven years, working alongside such master directors of photography as John Toll, Matthew Libatique and Wally Pfister. Liu is a 2017 Film Independent Fellow and Garrett Scott Development Grant recipient and graduated magna cum laude with a BA in literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago.