Website Up and Running: www.hooplamedia.com

Well, you’ll be happy to know that my website, www.hooplamedia.com, is up and running. Big thanks to Jenny at www.websydaisy.com for helping me out.

This week, Inside the Circle (www.insidethecircle.com) is making its midwest regional premiere at the Chicago Latino Film Festival. If you’re a documentary and independent film enthusiast, you should know that it will be screening once again in Austin as the official closing film of Cine Las Americas  (http://www.cinelasamericas.org/festival/films/inside_the_circle/index.html) on Thursday, April 26. Just to give you an idea of how awesome it is, check out some of the praise:

** SXSW 2007 Audience Award *

 “… Amazingly good. Probably the best feel good documentary I’ve seen in ages.  It’s this years Mad Hot Ballroom, without ever trying to be...

This is one of those films that every young person in America needs to see, as you sit and watch two equally talented guys go down two very different roads. One travels the world. The other can’t leave the state of Texas . All because of the choices they make. It breaks your heart to watch – but also delivers on the positivity. And yet, the film isn’t all sunshine and tulips. It’s got an edge to it. It’s almost got this whole real-life Bad News bears thing going on. And I simply loved it.”  — 3/22/07 www.aintitcool.com 

“…One of the most energetic, kinetic films I’ve seen in recent memory… truly shines during the dance competitions [and] it’s fascinating to see what ultimately happens to Josh, Omar and the other dancers…” — 3/31/07 www.cinematical.com

“This film is awesome…

At first when you hear the term ‘breakdancing’ you get mental images of people wearing Adidas jumpsuits and doing the robot. This film smashes those images and presents an art where your body can contort and bend in ways I previously thought impossible…

FIND THIS MOVIE AND WATCH IT. You won’t believe what you are seeing. The story is great and the competitions will have you gasping for more…” — 3/19/07 www.aintitcool.com

“…All told, this film was chock full of amazing dancing, music and a story that at first seems very simple, but evolves into an engrossing tale of three young men trying to get their lives together and live out their dreams. Easily the single most inspirational and gripping film of its kind I’ve seen in quite some time.” — 3/14/07 www.film.com

A beautiful story… I was touched by the film.” — Paulskee, founder of national b-boy competitive event Out For Fame

Breathtaking… the kinetic energy of the dancers is electrifying… the movements and music show the passion that Omar and Josh feel personally for what they do, which only makes how they try to contain that within their every day lives more challenging.” — 3/29/07 www.quirkee.com

“It’s a film about perseverance in life and transformation through art that gives a message of hope to everyone.” —Nancy Schiesari, Award-winning filmmaker and Professor, University of Texas Dept. of Radio-Television-Film

And on the Mother’s Guide to Personal Renewal front, mark your calendars for the May 9 launch event at Mercury Hall in Austin, TX. Bring your mother, sister, daughter– any and all of the mothers in your life– and women, bring your husband for this special celebration featuring amazing food and wine, music by Sara Hickman and a touching tribute to mothers. For more information, check out: http://www.reneetrudeau.com/calendar/invitationmay9.pdf

Finally, we are looking for a Presenting Sponsor for the 2007 National Poetry Slam taking place in Austin this August. The sponsorship benefit package is absolutely amazing and includes things like having access to thousands of people in the very coveted demographic of diverse men/women 18-40, educated and loyal consumers with mid to high incomes; presence at the historic Paramount Theater; inclusion in a comprehensive online and traditional marketing campaign with print, radio and TV partners, and so much more. If your company is interested in learning more, please e-mail me at jennifer@hooplamedia.com. Deadline for the presenting sponsorship slot is May 15.

Happy Communicating!

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