United Skates


Scotiabank Theatre 3 Sat, Apr 28, 2018 9:00 PM
TIFF Lightbox 2 Mon, Apr 30, 2018 1:00 PM
CC, ASL for intro/Q&A
TIFF Lightbox 1 Fri, May 4, 2018 9:30 PM
Open captions, ASL for intro/Q&A
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:America
Music & Musicians
Race & Racism
Sports & Recreation
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Dyana Winkler
Tina Brown
Producer(s):Dyana Winkler
Tina Brown
Executive Producer(s):Jeffrey Soros
Simon Horsman
Julie Parker Benello
Jim Butterworth
Daniel Chalfen
Brenda Robinson
John Legend
Mike Jackson
Ty Stiklorius
Associate Producer(s):Tiffany Fisher-Love
Consulting Producer(s):Laurens Grant
Editor(s):Katharine Garrison
Cinematography:Matthew Peterson, ACS
Tina Brown
Dyana Winkler
Composer:Jongnic Bontemps
Jim Winkler


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Roller rinks across America have provided the African American community with a safe space for family and tradition since before the civil rights movement. They've even been credited with the career breakthroughs of influential artists like Queen Latifah, N.W.A. and Dr. Dre. Every city's rink scene has its own signature moves, Baltimore is home to Snapping, Detroit has Open House and in New York/New Jersey they skate in trains and trios. Despite the continued closures of these cultural landmarks, the community adopts a "have wheels, will travel" attitude, twisting and turning their way to national skate parties. Strap on your wheels and get ready be moved by the love and spirit of a community working to preserve their culture.

Additional Information

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