United Skates

United Skates

United Skates

Tribeca Audience Award-winning documentary on the battle to save America's last standing roller rinks when they are threatened with closure.

"Off the radar of mainstream American culture, the African-American roller-rink community has thrived for decades in cities across the country, fostering community, hosting performances by groundbreaking hip-hop artists including N.W.A. and Queen Latifah, and serving as the incubator for a radical blend of skating and dance that stands is its own unique art form, complete with regional variations. Despite this remarkable history, skating is in a precarious state; re-zoning policies have led to rinks closing down, and the long-standing, still-present practice of admission policies have, historically, restricted attendance to racially-coded “Adult Nights and even discouraged or barred black patrons entirely.”" (Tribeca Film Festival)

2018Rating: Exempt89 minsUSA
DocumentaryFestival & Independent
Director:
Tina BrownDyana Winkler (feature debut)
Writer:
Dyana Winkler

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Variety

Variety

press

This kaleidoscopically vibrant, essential-viewing survey plunges audiences into a dazzling underground scene, celebrating the endangered art form it finds there.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

United Skates is a real eye-opener, finding the wider fascination and emotional hooks in what initially appears to be a niche-interest subculture subject.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Makes you want to see if those old skates are still buried in the closet.

Variety

Variety

press

This kaleidoscopically vibrant, essential-viewing survey plunges audiences into a dazzling underground scene, celebrating the endangered art form it finds there.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

United Skates is a real eye-opener, finding the wider fascination and emotional hooks in what initially appears to be a niche-interest subculture subject.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Makes you want to see if those old skates are still buried in the closet.

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