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DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

UNITED SKATES

Directed by Tina Brown and Dyana Winkler
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 90 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE UNITED SKATES
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. ”

It’s to this present reality that directors Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown turn their cameras. United Skates visits black rink owners and observes skaters from Los Angeles, Chicago, North Carolina, and beyond as they travel across the United States, introduce their kids to the art, muse on its past and future, and,most importantly, skate. This electrifying work is at once a cultural history lesson, an investigation into racial politics, and a beautifully shot performance film.

—Brian Gordon
Documentary, LGBT, Music, Female Director(s), NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker, Female Screenwriter(s), Asian American Director(s)
About the Director(s)
United Skates is the first feature effort for filmmakers Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown. In addition to her documentary work, Winkler is also a screenwriter; she recently participated in the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab with fiction screenplay, Bell. Brown, a producer and production manager for television features and commercials, co-produced the feature-length documentary Dear Mandela.
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Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Dyana Winkler, Tina Brown
  • Editor:
    Katharine Garrison
  • Associate Producer:
    Tiffany Fisher-Love
  • Consulting Producer:
    Laurens Grant
  • Cast:
    Phelicia Wright, Reggie Brown, Buddy Love
  • Producers:
    Dyana Winkler, Tina Brown
  • Cinematographers:
    Matthew Peterson, ACS, Tina Brown, Dyana Winkler
  • Executive Producers:
    Jeffrey Soros, Simon Horsman, Julie Parker Benello, Jim Butterworth, Daniel Chalfen, Brenda Robinson, John Legend, Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius
  • Composers:
    Jongnic Bontemps, Jim Winkler

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