RT Video/DVD DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 144789055 LA English T1 Air guitar nation A1 Cutforth, Dan., Lipsitz, Jane., Barber, Anna., Lipsitz, Alexandra., Jung, David., Crane, Dan., Magical Elves Inc., Docurama (Firm), New Video Group., PB Docurama Films : Distributed by New Video Group PP New York, NY YR 2007 SN 0767098536 9780767098533 AB 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.