Rolling in the deep: HBO film looks at roller skate culture

This image released b HBO shows a scene from the documentary "United Skates," premiering Feb. 18, 2019 on HBO. (HBO via AP)

This image released b HBO shows a scene from the documentary "United Skates," premiering Feb. 18, 2019 on HBO. (HBO via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — First-time documentary filmmakers Tina Brown and Dyana Winkler lugged their cameras to Central Park in New York one day to capture the last few people still passionate about roller skating.

Rinks across the country were gone. The activity seemed dead.

The two women may have come for a funeral but they found something else entirely.

Two young African-American skaters told them skating wasn't dead — it just went underground. Winkler and Brown decided to go find it.

Five years and 500 hours of footage later, they've emerged with the HBO film "United Skates," a fascinating look at the rich African-American subculture of roller skating, which is in danger of dying out.