This past June, while most of the jump rope community was at the 2007 National Competition, JUMP! had its world premiere at the LA Film Festival. Nick & Jeff from the Houston-based team Razz Ma Tazz and Shaun Hamilton came to LA to help launch the movie, jump around town and celebrate.
We were all psyched when the film played to a sold-out crowd and got a standing ovation!
After Nationals, a bunch of other jumpers that the film follows to Worlds came out: Tori (from Jump Company USA, formerly River Valley Skippers), Kelsy, Calli, Lee & Shane (Summerwind Skippers from Boise, Idaho), and Jessica, Christine, Sarah & Katie (Jumping for Joy in Sta Clara, California).
JUMP! screened a total of 4 times in big ole movie theaters – one of these was an educational screening for which the festival bused in 600+ local students. The Q&A was hysterical…girls were asking for Nick’s phone number! The jumpers did performances and workshops everyday for almost a week. People loved it…. Kids were asking for their autographs.
The folks who run the LA Film Festival were fantastic. The programmers Rachel & Doug got hooked on jump rope – they came out to watch every show.
What a great start….