by Philo Hagen
One of the questions I’ve heard so many times I’ve lost count has been, “When will there be a DVD available of The Hooping Life that I can get my hands on?” Well, dear hooper, I finally have a rock solid answer for you, and it’s all happening very soon. In fact, pre-orders for your DVD copy of the Hoopie Award winning documentary film from Director Amy Goldstein are officially being accepted starting today. The Hooping Life, for those that might be new to the community, takes an up close and personal look at the early years of the modern hoop dance movement. Featuring Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach, Christabel “Hoopgirl” Zamor, Karis Wilde, Baxter, Tisha Marina Bernard, Sass Schultz, the gang from Groovehoops and more, the film made quite the splash in the film festival circuit a few years ago. In fact, everyone I talked to at the premieres had one thing to say about it whether they were hoopers yet or not. It’s inspiring.
Goldstein put video cameras directly into the hands of several noteworthy hoopers with stories to tell and off they went to film their lives. The results became an integral part of first film that captures the origins and rise of hooping, telling eight extraordinary stories of fellow hoop devotees who embraced the circle as an art form, a teaching aid, even an instrument of redemption. From the streets, to the clubs, to giant arenas, spectacularly filmed performances as well celebrate the healing power of movement, as well as the spirit of human inventiveness. The Hooping Life also has a killer soundtrack by Basement Jaxx, additional music by The Scissor Sisters and an appearance by hooping jam-band legends The String Cheese Incident. There’s also brand new artwork too that we really love.
The Hooping Life will be fully available on April 22nd, and you’ll be able to get it not only on DVD, but also on VOD (Major Cable/Satellite/Telco systems), as well as Digital download (Major IVOD platforms include iTunes Worldwide). That’s less than a month from now, but you should also know that there are perks that come with going the hard copy pre-order route. A) You know you’ll get one before everybody else, and B) Hoopers that pre-order the DVD at $29.90 can host a free public screening of it in their community between April 17 and May 17, 2014. “We believe in the butterfly effect,” Goldstein explained, adding, “by hosting a screening of the first documentary feature about hooping, the community can grow exponentially. And it’s way more fun to watch and hoop with others.”
As many already know, screenings of the film came with a $500 price tag in recent years, so to be able to show it in your community and inspire even more hoopiness is quite the incentive. When asked more about it Amy said, “Included with the pre-order we are offering you the possibility to screen the film with an audience. Screen The Hooping Life in your community for a celebration of hooping. Screen it in your living room, pool, backyard with your friends, families and neighbors, at your school, college, library, community center, local coffee shop, at work…” The possibilities are actually pretty endless, and whether you’re a hooper, hoop-curious or totally new to hooping, The Hooping Life is a movie that not only makes you move, it really allows us a cool way to organize a fun event that is truly a phenomenal vehicle to help build a hoop community around you. You can pre-order it on their website.
Philo Hagen is the Co-founder and Managing Editor of Hooping.org. He’s been spinning things up online and off since April 2003. Co-Founder of the Bay Area Hoopers and LA Hoopers hoop groups, Philo has performed internationally and has won Hoopie Awards for Male Hooper of the Year and Video of the Year. He lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.