Official Selection - 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

Official Selection - 2018 Palm Springs ShortFest

Official Selection - 2018 Telluride Mountainfilm Festival

Official Selection - 2018 Sydney Film Festival

Official Selection - 2018 Maui Film Festival

Official Selection - 2018 Breckenridge Film Festival

Winner/Best Doc - 2018 Hollyshorts Film Festival

Official Selection - 2018 Edmonton Film Festival

Winner/Best Doc - 2018 Jersey Shore Film  Festival

 Official Selection - 2018 Mill Valley Film Festival

Official Selection - 2018 San Jose Film  Festival


Hoops have been used for play since 500 BCE. Originally made out of rattan, grapevines and stiff grasses, they were clearly present as a form of entertainment but in the late 1950’s when a newly minted American mother of four saw a bamboo hoop being used by friends in her native country of Australia, a fad was born.

Unfortunately, naiveté thwarted credit and monetary compensation and so what we know about the Hula Hoop, the true origin of its name and discovery was forever altered. Hula Girl is the true story of the “Aussie” “Australian friend” that brought the hoop and name to Wham-O in 1958. “”Friend” is hardly accurate and a  94-year old named Joan Anderson is finally able to set the record straight.