The Hooping Life

The Hooping Life

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Hula-hooping is back. The Hooping Life is about the rise of a hot new trend. Life inside the hoop’s about your body, your soul, your art and your heart. Featuring Shaquille O’Neal, The String Cheese Incident, The Scissor Sisters, and a score by Basement Jaxx, that captures the free-spirited nature of The Hooping Life. The film follows seven hoopers: Tisha, the daughter of a drug-dealer, creates a hoop program in South Central L.A. to keep kids off the streets and takes in her parentless student, Jeffrey. Karis survives the gang-ridden streets of L.A. to become an explosive transgendered performer. Baxter, the son of a southern Bible belt preacher, overcomes suicidal depression by hooping and turns his “Hoop Path” into a spiritual practice followed by thousands. Sandy (aka Sass), South Africa’s first black television star, fire-hoops away the trauma of a brutal rape. Big personalities collide as the divas of the movement, Christabel (aka HoopGirl) and Anah (aka Hoopalicious) team up for a blockbuster international tour. From the street to the club to the arena, the film alternates between self-filmed video diaries, verité documentary footage and spectacularly filmed performances. Filmed over six years and with an appearance by late hoop-promoter and TV personality Art Linkletter, The Hooping Life is about sultry dance, cool culture, slammin’ clothes, outer struggle and inner peace.
Starring Michelle Obama, Shaquille O'Neal, John Savage
Director Amy Goldstein