March 24, 2019 - 6:00 pm
The Tropic Cinema is proud to be a Screening Partner for the 2018-19 Southern Circuit, a touring festival bringing the best of new independent film to communities across the South. Our 2019 slate of Southern Circuit films continues with Dyana Winkler’s “United Skates.”
From Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa and Naughty by Nature on the East Coast to Dr. Dre and Ice Cube in Los Angeles, roller rinks have long been a mecca for music and creativity. “Black Nights” (or “Adult Nights,” as they’re commonly called now) are also safe spaces, where street rivalries are left at the door—but they may not be around long.
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.
6:00 // Complimentary Champagne Reception
6:30 // Screening
Post-Screening // Q&A with director Dyana Winkler*
*Guests subject to change — all screenings will feature filmmaker Q&As