Air Guitar Nation

Director: Alexandra Lipsitz

2006| 77 mins USA

No longer confined to the bedroom, air guitar is now recognized as a force with universal appeal. This energetic documentary chronicles the birth of the U.S. Air Guitar Championship and investigates the passions that drive its participants. Oulu, Finland, has hosted the Air Guitar World Championship for years, but remarkably, as late as 2002, the United States had yet to be represented. After the sold-out success of the inaugural stateside tournament held at the Pussycat Lounge in Tribeca, it became clear that America had been hungering to stand up and take its turn on the international stage. Filmmaker Alexandra Lipsitz captures the electricity of that initial event, and goes on to track the intense rivalries that develop as contestants vie to become the country’s first ambassador of air. C-Diddy, Bjorn Turoque, and Krye Tuff are only a few of the players who set out to become legends. Contestants are judged on their technical accuracy, stage presence, and ‘airness’, a zen-like state that transcends all else. Lipsitz’s high-energy film bears witness to the air guitar phenomenon and proves that though the instruments may be invisible, the rock is real.

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