Sacred Hoop is a short, poetic documentary that follows Lakota youth during the annual 500 mile Sacred Hoop Run around the Black Hills of South Dakota. Shot throughout the sacred sites of their ancestral homelands, the film highlights the run as a metaphor for how the young people endure the incredible challenges they face growing up in the extreme poverty of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Sacred Hoop is a collaborative project created for The Mitakuye Foundation which has sponsored the Sacred Hoop Run since 2012. The film is currently in post-production.
Jennifer Jessum DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, CINEMATOGRAPHER
Jennifer Jessum is an award winning director, choreographer and producer. She holds an M.F.A., in film production, from USC’s School of Cinema/Television and an M.F.A., in dance, from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is the founder and director of Flying Limbs Inc., Productions and her work has been commissioned throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Simon Joseph WRITER, PRODUCER
Simon J. Joseph is a scholar of religion, author, and documentary filmmaker. Dr. Joseph is Lecturer in Early Christianity at the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from New York University and a Ph.D. in Religion/New Testament from Claremont Graduate University. He is the author of 5 books and over 30 scholarly articles.