United Skates

Once a booming industry, rollerskating rinks have dwindled throughout our country to the point of near-obsolesence. But while these last few vestiges of a bygone pastime struggle to stay open, a thriving underground community of thousands of African Americans gather in these spaces to engage in competitive skating while providing their families with a safe place to engage in this wildly kinetic tradition (the rinks even serving as the spot where performers like Queen Latifah and Dr. Dre got their start). United Skates is an electric history of an underground sensation.

Community Partners: Boone & Crockett, Brewcity Bruisers Roller Derby


About Milwaukee Film

Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences. We operate the magnificent Oriental Theatre, a historic cinema palace committed to high-quality and accessible film and education programming. Since 2009, the annual Milwaukee Film Festival has brought together film fans and filmmakers to celebrate the power of cinema. Our education programs and Cultures & Communities platform provide avenues toward making our community a more empathetic and equitable place for everyone to live.

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