Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown’s United Skates has been honored with the Tribeca Film Festival’s Audience Award for documentary.
The 90-minute film paints a detailed portrait of the African-American roller-rink scene across the U.S., which has fostered community and played host to performances by groundbreaking hip-hop artists, including N.W.A. and Queen Latifah. As America’s roller rinks begin to shutter, the film explores the art, culture and history of several from Los Angeles, Chicago, North Carolina, and beyond. The award came with a US$10,000 cash award.
United Skates (pictured) held its world premiere at Tribeca as part of the New York-set festival’s Documentary Competition program. It is also screening at the Hot Docs conference and festival in Toronto.
“It was such an honor to have our world premiere at Tribeca this year – and now to win the audience award? Every one of those votes is like a vote for keeping this skate world alive and its rinks open,” said United Skates directors Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown in a joint statement. “There is no greater feeling than knowing that audiences are falling in love with this community, the same way we have.”
The runner-up in the documentary Audience Award category was Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist’s Momentum Generation. The film profiles a band of teen surfers in Oahu during the 1990s that brought the world of professional surfing to new heights.
The festival last week presented its juried award winners, with Gabrielle Brady’s debut feature Island of the Hungry Ghosts and Dava Whisenant’s Bathtubs Over Broadway taking top doc prizes.
The 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival ran from April 18 to 29.