Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Air Guitar Nation

Air Guitar Nation I attend a screening of a documentary "Air Guitar Nation" at Dolby Laboratories hosted by Center for Asian American Media.

As the name suggested, an "air guitar" is a guitar made from air. A player on stage plays an imaginary guitar. If that doesn't sound familiar, what about drag queens lip singing with an imaginary voice? The same thing.

They are all performers and entertainers, and you gotta have some serious talent to be able to play an "air guitar."

"Air Guitar Nation" follows this subculture and air guitar players all the way to Oulu, Finland for the Air Guitar World Championships, where thousands attend concerts with no instruments.

The film featured a charismatic Korean American C-Diddy who determined to "out weird the world" and claimed the Air Guitar World Championships title like going to the Olympics. He and his competitors play their air guitars with a passion, and sometimes with a slogan: "Make air, not war."

That's the spirit.

This is a very entertaining documentary. To me, this film looks like a behaved brother to his slutty sister: "Trannyshack," a documentary about Trannyshack.

My rating: 7 out of 10.


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