“Anything is possible with my hoops on…” Hoop Girls is an empowering new digital series on the stages of womanhood, as seen through their hoop earrings, told in poetry and spoken word. A love letter to women and their larger-than-life hoops. The Hoop Girls aren’t limited to any one group of characters, but rather the series captures different anecdotes of women and their hoops; women living their life through all walks of life, succeeding, failing, growing, dreaming. This first episode, Chapter 1: I Am the Hoop, Hear Me Roar, kicks off the first season with four actresses speaking on the connection to the circular shape in our world, our universe. The earth, the sun, clocks, compasses, and of course, hoops. The characters command for their voices to be heard, like a loud roar in the city.
Gabriela López de Dennis (Series Creator/Writer/Producer/Director) is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and producer, and as visual artist has specialized in the arts, entertainment and music industry for over 19 years. Gabriela works with USC School of Pharmacy’s production of health education foto-audio-visual novelas (English and Spanish), as freelance writer, graphic designer, video editor, director and animator. Recent projects include Rosa Out of Control (broadcast on KLCS in spring of 2014), Forgotten Memories (broadcast on KLCS in spring/summer of 2015), Gloria Takes the Leap as lead writer, and in the upcoming Infectious Rumors as lead writer and co-director. She was also co-writer of the award-winning 10-episode educational web series Fixing Paco starring Paul Rodriguez. She is co-writer and a producer of the feature film Edith & Harvey currently in post-production. As co-founder and C.E.O. of Lone Stars Entertainment, she co-wrote the screenplay and was producer on the short film version of B.O.O.S.T., an Official Selection of the 2016 Official Latino Short Film Festival (New York), 2016 Los Angeles CineFest, 2016 CineFestival (San Antonio) and 2015 Big Latino Cinema Festival (Los Angeles). In September of 2015, PBS/WORLD Channel began airing “Episode One: Jasmine ” of the award-winning documentary short Overcomers, followed by “Episode Two: Myles” which was later released. Overcomers is a docu-series for the American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen initiative that she co-created and produced, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and NALIP. Gabriela was listed in Remezcla’s 2015 list of “10 Latino Filmmakers You Should Know.” In March of 2017 she released Chapter 1 of her digital series Hoop Girls, which is based on her original stage play by the same name.
Hoop Girls has always been my love letter to women and their larger-than-life hoops. My goal is to inspire in particular young girls by seeing these strong female characters portrayed on screen. And I want more girls that need to see this, to see it.