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Author: Dan CutforthJane LipsitzAnna BarberAlexandra LipsitzDavid JungAll authors
Publisher: New York, NY : Docurama Films : Distributed by New Video Group, [2007]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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If punk helped democratize music by prizing energy over virtuosity--then air guitar takes it even further, removing musicianship and playing altogether. The world championships began in 1996, and the contest has been a part of the Oulu Music Video Festival in Oulu, Finland since. The U.S. Air Guitar Championship began in 2003, with two regional competitions, in New York and Los Angeles, with the finals in LA. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Nonfiction films
Documentary
Music
Musical films
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Dan Cutforth; Jane Lipsitz; Anna Barber; Alexandra Lipsitz; David Jung; Dan Crane; Magical Elves Inc.; Docurama (Firm); New Video Group.
ISBN: 0767098536 9780767098533
OCLC Number: 144789055
Notes: Originally produced as a documentary in 2005.
Special features: Deleted scenes (37 min.); Theatrical trailer (3 min.); About Docurama [text feature]; Docurama trailers (8 min.).
Credits: Editor, Conor O'Neill ; co-editor, Clark Vogeler ; director of photography, Anthony Sacco ; original music by Dan "Björn Türoque" Crane ; music wrangler, Lisa Bauman Waslak.
Performer(s): Featuring David "C-Diddy" Jung and Dan "Björn Türoque" Crane; New York: Air guitarists, Hadia Ackerman, Lance Kasten, Ryan Kelley, John Fillon, Ralph Martin, John Daniel Harding Jr., Lucy Harrison, Rory O'Flaherty, Craig Zahler, Paul Fichera, Erika Szanto, Elana Berkowitz, Melinda Murphy, Julie Schuck, Malia Slas, Michael C. Carroll; Emcee, Christian Finnegan; Judges, Ultan Guilfoyle, Adam Crystal, Gavin McInnes; Families: Nancy Conrad, Janice Lubbin, Koock E. Jung, Hongja Jung, Kim Shapiro, Zoe Wolff; Los Angeles air guitarists, Sam Laybourne, Peter Cilella, Winston Story, Angela Shelton, Shawn Mason, Matthew Johndrow, Aaron Semmel, Sara Szewyck, Ryan Flynn, Gordon Hintz, Jerry McNamara, Lesa Barnes, Dan Kapelovitz, Jason Strzelczyk, Steve Krieger, Kyle Ingleman, Nick Pell, Anand Motwani, Garron Williams; Emcee, Greg Behrendt; Judges, Tom Morello, Nina Gordon, Roy Trakin.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Rated R for some language and brief nudity.
Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 81 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; NTSC; 5.1 Dolby digital surround, stereo.
Contents: To air guitar, divine --
Packed house --
What it takes --
Out of the bedroom --
Tuff vs. Diddy --
In training --
Art and spirit --
Qualifying round --
Showtime --
Compulsory round --
Post-competition --
Credits.
Responsibility: a Magical Elves production ; produced by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz, Anna Barber ; directed by Alexandra Lipsitz.

Abstract:

If punk helped democratize music by prizing energy over virtuosity--then air guitar takes it even further, removing musicianship and playing altogether. The world championships began in 1996, and the contest has been a part of the Oulu Music Video Festival in Oulu, Finland since. The U.S. Air Guitar Championship began in 2003, with two regional competitions, in New York and Los Angeles, with the finals in LA. The film follows the fierce competition between David "C-Diddy" Jung, (who rocks a Hello Kitty breastplate) and Dan "Björn Türoque" Crane, eternal challenger and perennial runner-up. After the US championship, they move on to Finland, where they are the first Americans ever to compete. The Europeans have several years head start, take air guitar very seriously, and really know how to thrash. Air guitar is performance art for those who never lost touch with their inner child. This documentary is a lovingly hilarious portrait of a bizarre pastime, bearing the message that people are people no matter where you find them.

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