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In the darkest hours of the night, while most of us are sleeping, there's a movement taking place in the shadows of our nation.

In Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Detroit and all across the country, a collective of thousands are gathering-- completely off the radar.

It's a time of economic strife, job loss and home foreclosures. As empty store-fronts, food stamp lines and for sale signs are multiplying, there is one staple of American history that might be making a comeback. Roller skating.

UNITED SKATES is riding the wave of the next major artistic movement still undiscovered by mainstream America. Fusing hip-hop, breaking, animating and a new style all its own, roller rinks might find themselves back in business soon. That is, if they’re not averse to change.

It took almost 30 years for mainstream America to discover the brilliance of its own music—Jazz. It took nearly as long for Blues, Rock 'n' Roll, Hip-hop and Rap before they exploded onto the national scene. Micro-racism and prejudice all too often walk hand-in-hand with artistic genius. In this feature length documentary we will breathe awareness into the reality of our country’s continued struggle for racial equality, while simultaneously blowing your mind as we take you inside the untapped world of some of the most brilliant and innovative artists of our generation. United in Skates… This is their story. 

Creating a successful film is an enormous undertaking, however we've got the biggest hurdle already covered-- a relentlessly dedicated and talented crew! Find out who we are and how we discovered this world.

We have big plans for this film, from documenting each emerging skate-dance style across the USA to diving deeper into the lives of our engaging central characters. This film is just starting to pick up speed.

HELP LACE UP THE SKATE!

With every fundraising milestone you help us reach, we'll lace up the skate. We've already reached our Kickstarter goal of $50,000 which is FANTASTIC but we hope to raise a lot more. Let's lace up the skate all the way to the top!

Phase One is just about wrapped. At this stage, we have documented skate styles coming out of New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, Virginia, Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta. With several cities in the south and west coast still to go, we are very close to having captured each and every emerging style across the country.

Phase Two is just beginning. Diving deeper into the history of this movement, and asking the larger questions around why it has yet to be recognized, we will be interviewing skaters, musicians and scholars alike until we have truly captured a complete picture of this amazing world. We will also now turn our focus on the lives of our central characters as their artistry, struggles and place in American society become the heartbeat of our film.

Phase Three will be the transition from production into post. Now the exciting part where the film starts to take shape. We will work closely with our editor to fold hundreds of hours of footage into a solid two hour cut. At this stage we will also be securing music rights, creating a sound score, soundtrack, color corrections, and more. There would be no skating movement without music. It is the pulse that brings magic out of their wheels. This is why securing rights to these songs will be a linchpin in the film’s ultimate success.

Phase Four – Outreach and Distribution. Once the film is finished, we will begin the journey of bringing it to you! Starting with a film festival run, our goal is to reach as many cities as we can across the country, spreading the infectious skater love and further igniting the movement. From there we aim for a theatrical release and beyond!

BATMAN

PYNK PANTHERZ

DJ ARSON

KAMILLE & BEE1NE

502 CREW

MS PINK

DAN KNO LIMITZ



Kickstarter is an "all-or-nothing" platform, so if we don’t raise our ENTIRE goal by the deadline, we lose everything. Everyone's pledges will be returned to them in full, and all our tears will rust out our roller skates. However! If we surpass our goal, we get to keep it and can make this film!

All you have to do is click the big green "Back This Project" button at the top right of this page, or pick one of our fun rewards in the right-hand column and click on it! 

3 BEST WAYS TO HELP

1. PLEASE DONATE. Whatever you can give, from $5, to $10,000 -- all of it is immensely helpful and will be appreciated more than words can express.

2. FOLLOW US: The more people who follow us, the stronger we grow. Please consider joining us on our journey.

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3. HELP US GET THE WORD OUT.  Even if you can't donate, you can help spread the word! If everyone who sees our campaign shares it with someone else, we will make it to the finish line. Here are some simple ways you can help us in a huge way!

·Give us a shout out on Facebook! 

·Tell a friend, or two, or everyone you know!

·Forward our email to someone else who might like what we're doing

·Do you write? Write us a blog post!

·Tweet about us (use #Unitedskatesdoc)

This is the best part! Check out some of the gift images below.

OFFICIAL T-SHIRT DESIGN


AN EXCLUSIVE STARRING ROLE IN THE 'IT'S MY SKATE NIGHT' HIT WEB SERIES

HAND DRAWN PHOTO OF (YOU)

SKATE JAM VIP PASSES

ADONIS SKATE WHEELS

ROLLER SKATE CAKE

SK8 STICKER


Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are still many challenges we'll be facing in bringing this project to life... but we know we will get there! As you can imagine, a film of this scale and scope not only takes a talented and passionate, hard working crew (which we have!)... it takes money.

From multi-camera rink set ups, location & production insurance, music rights, and post production demands, our budget is growing as fast as our kickstarter campaign! These obstacles are not deterring our production, but strengthening our resolve.

Everyone involved in this project is putting their heart, their drive, their experience and their talent to the table. Now we are asking for your hearts and drive to join us as we plow ahead. This project cannot be finished without the support and help of each and every one of you.

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    BROWN BOOT (RENTAL) SKATER: Broke but wanna help us spread the word? That's cool too! Become an activist and help us reach our kickstarter goal, grass roots style. We’re partnering with people, organizations and communities across the country and the world to help get the word out about the film. Shoot us an email and we’ll get you started! You can also just Facebook it. Tweet it. Sing about it in your shower (really loud). Everything helps. You'll also get a high five, a fist bump or a hug the next time we see you.

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    TRAIN SKATER: Limited Edition United Skates Desktop Wallpaper featuring stills from the film + Your name engraved on our website's wall of gratitude + A personalized thank you shout out on the United Skates Facebook page.

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    REPPIN' SKATER - Wear your heart on your sleeve and our art on your heart. Represent the entire UNITED STATES with one of our UNITED SKATES T-shirts! Image is below and will also be printed in three other versions: gold, silver or shiny purple. Let us know your preference!

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    SKATE KEY SKATER: Show your skater love with the Sk8 sticker from NY/NJ vendor, Peggy SkateKeys. Slap it on your sleeve, car, bike, laptop, skate bag... wherever there's a flat surface! (shipping addl.) + Limited Edition United Skates Desktop Wallpaper featuring stills from the film + Your name engraved on our website's wall of gratitude + A personalized thank you shout out on the United Skates Facebook page.

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    SLOW WALK SKATER: Tickets for two to a private screening of the film in NYC! Live too far to join us? That's ok. You’ll receive access to password-protected preview scenes of the film. Shhh. Plus! Trendsetting Roller Skate DJ, "DJ Arson" has mixed an exclusive CD for our campaign! We'll send you a private link and password to download some of the sickest beats around (shipping addl.) You also get all the above. Travel not included.

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    FAST BACKWARD SKATER: HD digital download or DVD of the film - whichever distribution format is available first! Be ahead of the masses and watch the film first. We'll also send our original UNITED SKATES T- Shirt designed by skater Bee1ne and printed by skater Ivan (image below). (shipping addl.) You also get all the above.

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    SNAPPING SKATER: Australian artist and MC/singer Jenn Hampstead has offered to sketch 10 original 5x7 self portraits of pledgers on skates! Send us a photo of YOU, or ANYONE of your choice and we will send you an ink and parchment drawing to frame for your wall. (example of her skate art below). See more of her creations on instagram @adaywithjenn. You also get all the rewards above.

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    SIGNATURE SKATER: Get all the swag above autographed. We'll send you a signed copy of Roller Skate DJ, DJ Arson's limited edition United Skates CD, a DVD of the film signed by the director and producer and our official United Skates Documentary T-Shirt signed by the crew. (shipping addl). You also get all the rewards above.

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    VIP SKATER: SKATERS THIS REWARD IS FOR YOU! VIP pass to one of the following 2014 Skate Jamz: IR4, Sk8 Revival, Hoodtimes, Sk8-A-Thon or Showdown ($100+ value)! Why wait in line at the rink when you can VIP your way straight to the wood! We'll also give you a pre-released T Shirt from the Skate Jam you choose BEFORE ANYONE else. You'll also receive your name in the credits of our film + Digital download of the film + Signed CD of DJ Arson's Exclusive Kickstarter Mix + Tickets for two to a special screening in NYC + Your name engraved on our website's wall of gratitude + Limited Edition Collection of HD Desktop Wallpaper of stills from the film + A thank you shout out on the United Skates Facebook page.

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    SIDELINE SKATER: Not a skater or just like this option better? We will film one of the skaters performing a dance to the song of your choice! This can be a creative birthday or holiday gift for a friend! We will dedicate it to you online and/or send you a private copy. You'll also receive your name in the credits of our film + Digital download or DVD of the film + Signed CD of DJ Arson's Exclusive Kickstarter Mix + Tickets for two to a special screening in NYC + Your name engraved on our website's wall of gratitude + Limited Edition Collection of HD Desktop Wallpaper of stills from the film + A shout out on the United Skates Facebook page.

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    ***NEW*** VIP SKATER: SKATERS THIS REWARD IS FOR YOU! VIP pass to one of the hottest kick-off Skate Jams of 2014 — the DoggPound Skate Crew's 14th Annual MLK Skate Jam January 16-20 2014, voted Best Skate Jam of the Year at the Adrenalin Awards 3 years in a row! We'll also give you a pre-released T Shirt BEFORE ANYONE else. You'll also receive your name in the credits of our film + Digital download of the film + Signed CD of DJ Arson's Exclusive Kickstarter Mix + Tickets for two to a special screening in NYC + Your name engraved on our website's wall of gratitude + Limited Edition Collection of HD Desktop Wallpaper of stills from the film + A thank you shout out on the United Skates Facebook page.

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    HOLLYWOOD SKATER - Grab your best train crew, skate crew, or rule the wood all on your own! The next time we fly to your town, or find you at a skate jam, we will film YOU doing what you do best... SKATING. We will film you looking your best, edit the footage to a song of your choice, and post the clip for all to see across the nation!

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    REVOLUTIONARY SKATER - ADONIS skate wheels has generously donated 5 sets of wheels (over $600 value) to our campaign! Designed by our very own Dan Kno Limitz, these wheel are some of the best o the market. With specifically engineered designs for every skate style of quad-skating from artistic, to Derby, you're not gonna wanna miss these! You'll also receive Signed CD of DJ Arson's Exclusive Kickstarter Mix + Digital download or DVD of the film + Your name engraved on our website's wall of gratitude + Limited Edition Collection of HD Desktop Wallpaper of stills from the film + tickets for two to a special screening in NYC + Our eternal gratitude and a personalized thank you shout out on the United Skates Facebook page.

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    THA BIZ SKATER: Not into a date night? We can boost your small business! From special shout outs to a credit in our film, we will let the world know of your company's generosity. You'll also receive your name in the credits of our film + Digital download or DVD of the film + Signed CD of DJ Arson's Exclusive Kickstarter Mix + Tickets for two to a special screening in NYC + Your name engraved on our website's wall of gratitude + Limited Edition Collection of HD Desktop Wallpaper of stills from the film + A shout out on the United Skates Facebook page.

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    BACKPACKIN' SKATER: Romantic Date Night for you and your boo. We'll send you a date kit box filled with a lover's jam CD mix, breath mints and a box of chocolates. Pull up to your local rink, open their car door and hand them a long stemmed rose (care of us). Step inside and lace up your skates (or we'll rent you and your date a pair). Then it's time to make your move! Wrap your arms around (backpack) your love and skate under the disco ball. You'll also receive your name in the credits of our film + Digital download or DVD of the film + Signed CD of DJ Arson's Exclusive Kickstarter Mix + Tickets for two to a special screening in NYC + Your name engraved on our website's wall of gratitude + Limited Edition Collection of HD Desktop Wallpaper of stills from the film + A shout out on the United Skates Facebook page! Travel not included.

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    LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION SKATER: A once in a lifetime opportunity to have a starring role! Woo your friends and family on the internetz with your spiff acting skills in a Season 3 episode of the hit web series, 'It's My Skate Night'. You must be able to get to the Baltimore area (travel not included), otherwise you can be a part of the pre-production process via Skype, where you will pitch ideas and plan the action for an episode! Plus all Backers receive a DVD Box Set of IMSN Season 1 and 2, a link to preview the final episode before its release and an autographed IMSN Poster. You'll also receive your name in the credits of our film + Digital download of the film + Signed CD of DJ Arson's Exclusive Kickstarter Mix + Tickets for two to a special screening in NYC + Your name engraved on our website's wall of gratitude + Limited Edition Collection of HD Desktop Wallpaper of stills from the film + A shout out on the United Skates Facebook page. That's a wrap!

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    ARTISTIC SKATER: Private, 1 hour photography or cinematography lesson in NYC or via Skype with our Emmy Award Winning Cinematographer Matt Peterson. You'll also receive your name in the credits of our film + Digital download or DVD of the film + Signed CD of DJ Arson's Exclusive Kickstarter Mix + Tickets for two to a special screening in NYC + Your name engraved on our website's wall of gratitude + Limited Edition Collection of HD Desktop Wallpaper of stills from the film + A shout out on the United Skates Facebook page.

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    JB ELITE SKATER: Private, 1 hour skate lesson with one of the stars in the movie. Pick a city from the list below and we'll do the rest! (Los Angeles, NYC, Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, DC, Louisville, Nashville, San Francisco, Seattle) You'll also receive your name in the credits of our film + Digital download or DVD of the film + Signed CD of DJ Arson's Exclusive Kickstarter Mix + Tickets for two to a special screening in NYC + Your name engraved on our website's wall of gratitude + Limited Edition Collection of HD Desktop Wallpaper of stills from the film + A shout out on the United Skates Facebook page. Travel not included.

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    BIRTHDAY SKATER: Get Your Very Own Skate-a-Gram! A skater will arrive at your door on skates with a homemade roller skate shaped birthday cake on your birthday, or the birthday of anyone you choose! You can even pick the color of your cake. Must live in one of the following cities (Los Angeles, NYC, NJ, Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, DC, Louisville, Nashville, San Francisco, Seattle). If you don't live in any of these cities, don't give up hope. We'll do our best to accommodate if and where we can! If not, well, we'll bake you a cake, send you a picture of it, and then send a video of us eating your cake-- on skates. (We may even bake you two cakes.) You'll also receive your name in the credits of our film + Digital download of the film + Signed CD of DJ Arson's Exclusive Kickstarter Mix + Tickets for two to a special screening in NYC + Your name engraved on our website's wall of gratitude + Limited Edition Collection of HD Desktop Wallpaper of stills from the film + A shout out on the United Skates Facebook page.

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    FUN-DRAISING SKATER: This is a community collaboration award! For all the cities, skaters, skate crews, rink owners and DJs across the globe who are joining forces and hosting skate night fundraisers for our kickstarter campaign, this level is for you! Raise the funds and back us at this level, and we will organize a screening of the film (when it's finished) in your home rink! You get to host a special community movie night to celebrate the film that you're helping to make happen. Bling out your skates, bring your popcorn, your friends and your family, and stand proud basking in the glory that you were instrumental in getting a film made about your community. DJs, Rinks, Vendors and Organizers get a special shout out as well as their names in the credits of the film for putting in all the work! (limit of 5 names per pledge with an additional name for every $100 you raise over $500) + your names engraved on our website's wall of gratitude. Don't forget to let us know when your fundraising night will be so we can help promote it via social media and on our website.

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    STACY ADAMS SKATER: Put on your finest Stacy Adams. You are invited to join us at the US Film Premiere and after party! (Location will depend upon which film festival we screen at). You will meet the directors in person, see the film with an exclusive audience, and spend the evening with the people who made the film possible! (Travel not included) You'll also receive your name in the credits of our film + Digital download or DVD of the film + Signed CD of DJ Arson's Exclusive Kickstarter Mix + Tickets for two to a special screening in NYC + Your name engraved on our website's wall of gratitude + Limited Edition Collection of HD Desktop Wallpaper of stills from the film + A personalized thank you shout out on the United Skates Facebook page.

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    ALL STAR SKATER: Spend a day and night in New York City with the filmmakers! Get yourself to NYC and we'll take care of the rest. Start with a personal tour of the city hitting all our favorite spots. From food to music, we will spoil you rotten until the sun comes down. From there we'll wisk you off to our favorite local rink to skate dance the night away. You'll also receive your name in the credits of our film + Digital download or DVD of the film + Signed CD of DJ Arson's Exclusive Kickstarter Mix + Tickets for two to a special screening in NYC + Your name engraved on our website's wall of gratitude + Limited Edition Collection of HD Desktop Wallpaper of stills from the film + A personalized thank you shout out on the United Skates Facebook page.

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    ROLL CALL SKATER: What? You must really love us. Get ready... The director and producer are going to personally come to your home, anywhere in the continental US, for a private screening of the finished film with you and your friends! You get to hold the remote, pause and ask us whatever you want at any point during the screening. Signed CD of DJ Arson's Exclusive Kickstarter Mix + Digital download or DVD of the film + Your name engraved on our website's wall of gratitude + Limited Edition Collection of HD Desktop Wallpaper of stills from the film + tickets for two to a special screening in NYC + Our eternal gratitude and a personalized thank you shout out on the United Skates Facebook page.

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    GOOD TIMES ROLL-ER SKATER: Executive Producer Credit on the film + VIP tickets to a pre-release screening of the film premiere and after party+ all the above! That means all the different skate rewards you could dream of. You get it all baby.

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