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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2012 11:43 AM


That's right. It is finally coming to NEW YORK CITY!! Performances, a cash bar, and a silent auction make this red-carpet event something not to be missed! In addition, immediately following the film, we will have a hoop jam/dance party!

About the film:
Filmed over six years, The Hooping Life interweaves the stories of eight performers, activists, teachers, and healers as they take a mere kid's toy, the hula hoop, and with pure grit and determination, reinvent "hooping" into a dance, a spiritual practice, and a fitness phenomenon.

The film travels from South Africa to South Central, from the Deep South to the Big Apple, and places in-between. Shaquille O'Neal introduces the movie, Art Linkletter makes an appearance, and it has a phenomenal and original soundtrack from Basement Jaxx.

The Hooping Life chronicles the birth of subculture that forms a supportive community, while these individual stories of transformation offer a unique platform for conversations about important community issues:

o Self-Discovery: Hoopalicious is directionless in Hollywood, and struggling to find her purpose.

o Entrepreneurship: Overweight and introverted, Christabel pursues liberation, weight loss, and a career as a successful entrepreneur in San Francisco.

o Mental Health: Baxter overcomes suicidal depression by hooping blindfolded and defines a new form of spirituality.

o Gangs/Violence: Tisha and her student Jeffrey create an after school safe haven of hooping for kids in the gang-laden neighborhood of South Central LA.

o LGBT Issues/Bullying: Bullied as a teenager for being gay, Karis takes on issues of gender and sexual identity with gender-bending hoop performances worldwide.

o Rape Crisis: Sass reclaims her body and life after a brutal home invasion and rape in South Africa.

o Entertainment: Stefan and his NYC dance troupe surprise the urban rat race and landscape with play in unexpected places.

Footage filmed by the hoopers themselves was included in The Hooping Life, giving a raw authenticity to their personal stories of transformation.

This picture is vibrant, edgy, and truly resonates on a multi-cultural level while giving an eye-opening look at an infectious and beautiful new cultural movement.

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Can't wait to see you there!

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