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Air Guitar Nation (2006)

It's time to rock and roll - air guitar style. AIR GUITAR NATION is the feature documentary about the year that air guitar swept America - from New York to Los Angeles and then all the way ... See full summary »

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Alexandra Lipsitz

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Crane ... Björn Türoque
David S. Jung ... C-Diddy (as David Jung)
Hadia Ackerman Hadia Ackerman ... Jam Toast
Lance Kasten Lance Kasten ... The Shred
Ryan Kelly Ryan Kelly ... Himself
John Filion John Filion ... Johnny Rocket
Ralph Martin Ralph Martin ... Rufus Sewer
John Daniel Harding Jr. John Daniel Harding Jr. ... Himself
Lucy Harrison Lucy Harrison ... Snatchface
Rory O'Flaherty Rory O'Flaherty ... Air do well
S. Craig Zahler ... Czar
Paul Fichera Paul Fichera ... Himself
Erika Szanto Erika Szanto ... Herself
Elana Berkowitz Elana Berkowitz ... Herself
Melinda Murphy Melinda Murphy ... Herself
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It's time to rock and roll - air guitar style. AIR GUITAR NATION is the feature documentary about the year that air guitar swept America - from New York to Los Angeles and then all the way to northern Finland. AIR GUITAR NATION chronicles the birth of the US Air Guitar Championships and the personal journeys of those talented contestants who are vying to become the first World Air Guitar Champion from the United States. Every August, the Air Guitar World Championships bring thousands of fans all the way to Oulu, Finland to see the world's best air guitarists battle it out for 60 seconds of mock stardom. For years, the USA was missing in action. Enter the first official US Air Guitar Championships. What starts as a friendly contest above a New York strip club becomes a battle of naked ambition played out on the national and, ultimately, the world stage. Full of triumph and disappointment, patriotic spirit and political tension - and of course invisible guitars - this tension filled ... Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for some language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Léggitár See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,035, 23 March 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$71,471, 12 August 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Written by David Lee Roth, Steve Vai
Performed by David Lee Roth
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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In a genre that has been over-inundated with highly political and overly depressing fare for the past several years, a documentary like "Air Guitar Nation" is a welcome change, albeit one you might not likely talk about with others. "Air Guitar Nation" does for the peculiar rocker nerd what "Spellbound" did for the quiet word nerd. It raises them above expectation and stereotype, at least to a point.

For those completely out of the loop, air guitar is many things. Perhaps it is what dorks who can't play guitar do when listening to power chord heavy rock music, or perhaps it is a performance art in the family of pantomime or lip synching, or perhaps even the purist completely anti-corporate art form that exists. Fashion photographer Alexandra Lipsitz, whose main credits stem from Bravo's "Project Runway", has assembled a film about the first ever Air Guitar Championships in the United States which drew an unexpected huge crowd in downtown New York in 2003. After the National Champion was crowned, it was off to the International event in Finland where things are taken very seriously.

"Air Guitar Nation" is a well-made documentary that presents an unbiased look at an often misunderstood subculture that may rekindle rock and roll passion in it's audience as well as embarrassment for watching something about a bunch of adults (men and women, by the way) pretending to play invisible instruments.


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