UNITED SKATES Case Study: Five Years from Inspiration to Tribeca & HBO. Podcasts with Tina Brown & Dyana Winkler, Co-producers & -directors

UNITED SKATES is an exceptional feature documentary that combines pure and often hilarious entertainment with a hard-hitting expose of how race and class force their crushing ways into the most innocent American pastimes — even roller-skating.

For this case study, which is published with Sunny Side of the Doc, I spoke with the co-producer / co-director team of TINA BROWN and DYANA WINKLER.

They share their very enlightening insights into the development, production and distribution of their Tribeca award-winning, and now HBO feature documentary.

  • They worked on UNITED SKATES for five years.
  • John Legend joined the project as an executive producer.
  • They won the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award
  • Plus lots of official selections and prizes.
  • Earned rave reviews from the likes of Variety.
  • And a recent premiere on HBO.

Tina is a fellow Aussie expat, and Dyana comes from Hawaii. Don’t miss their compelling and inspiring stories.

PODCAST #1:  TINA BROWN
Listen Here to Tina on the development, production and distribution of UNITED SKATES  (25 mins)



PODCAST #2:  DYANA WINKLER
Dyana describes the writing and editing process for UNITED SKATES. She shares her experience that women filmmakers still secure funding for their projects at a later stage than their male counterparts. 


Dyana Winkler, John Legend, Tina Brown. Source: Getty Images

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“The point you make about the story being successful in entertaining audiences while giving them a view on challenging racial issues is important.  I think in an era where people feel inundated by cynical views of the world, it’s important to find a way to tell tough stories in a context that inspires hope.” — Cristine Platt Dewey, roco films

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