UNITED SKATES

By Dyana WINKLER, Tina BROWN

SWEET NINJA FILMS - as FEST

Family - Completed 2018

When America's roller rinks are threatened with closure, a community battles in a racially charged environment to save a subculture that has given rise to some of the world's greatest musical talent.

Festivals
& Awards

BFI London FF 2018
Dare
Tribeca FF 2018
audience award
dc 2018
best documentary
Bronze lens 2018
Best Documentary
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Family, First film, Social issues
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 89 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Dyana WINKLER, Tina BROWN
    • Writer(s)
    • Dyana WINKLER
    • Synopsis
    • Few people are aware that roller rinks remain a segregated space throughout the country. “Black Nights,” now often referred to as “Adult Nights,” can be found in nearly every major city, each boasting a vibrant music and skate scene original to their region. Baltimore is home to Snapping, Detroit has Open House, J.B. skaters reign in Chicago, and in New York/New Jersey they skate in trains and trios. “Adult Nights” are credited as incubators of East Coast Hip Hop, and West Coast Rap. From Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa and Naughty by Nature in New York/New Jersey to Dr. Dre and Ice Cube in Los Angeles, roller rinks have long been a mecca for music and creativity. With an average of three rinks closing a month, UNITED SKATES takes a deep dive into the vibrant and celebratory world of African American roller skating through the eyes of three central characters: Phelicia, Reggie, and Buddy. Each living in a different part of the country, and each fighting to preserve a tradition that reaches deep into their family history, this film documents a small but monumental piece of American culture at risk of disappearing entirely.