|Title:||Air Guitar Nation|
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|02.05.07||Music Monday||Shame on every one of you. This screening should've been sold out and instead there were like 20 people there. Well, it's alls y'all's loss because this is a great movie and people who don't see it are losers.|
|03.14.06||Austin Convention Center||This Screening is part of event: South by Southwest 2006|
Day whatever at SXSW 2006. Today started with the 10 years of Aint it Cool News panel. That was exactly what I thought it would be: interesting rambling stories of the site's creation and history told mostly by Harry with a few minutes from Drew and Eric as well. It was a good time though.
Afterward I had originally planned to go to a Digital to Film panel but I decided to skip that and see Air Guitar Nation instead based on Micah's recommendation. I'm glad I did. I can't really find an IMDb entry for this so you're just going to have to take my word on its existence. It's a doc that basically follows the first year of the U.S. Air Guitar championships and America's representative in the World Championship held in Finland (where they take their metal seriously). Yeah, sounds really really stupid, right? Well it is, but it's also lots and lots of fun! These dudes jam out... and they have awesome stage names like Bjorn Turoque and there's a whole remote island training camp that you can sojourn to if you wanted... By the end of the movie I was completely converted and rooting for my favorite dude and the whole place was rooting with me. I don't know how but the filmmakers actually made air guitaring look impressive... that's a pretty big feat.
Afterward lots of the subjects of the film were in attendence and so we got to see them in real life which is always cool. Alas no in-theater imaginary axe-grinding, but I did get a C-Diddy pick, and a complimentary air guitar was placed underneath each seat in the theater so that rocks as well. This was a very fun time... I'd always dismissed the regional finals that are held at the Alamo but I think the next time they come around I will go out and see them... I have to believe this is even more fun live.