August 10, 2006 |
Because Dan Crane has for several years played a real guitar in the faux-French indie bands Les Sans Culottes and Nous Non Plus, you might suspect that he would have been content to leave the world of pretend guitar playing to the instrumentally challenged. Wrong. Performing under the alias Bjorn Turoque (pronounced b-yorn to-rock) since 2003, the New York-based writer and musician has become an air guitar aficionado.
December 13, 2007 |
DreamWorks options Dan Crane's "To Air Is Human: One Man's Quest to Become the World's Greatest Air Guitarist." Crane is represented by Amy Schiffman at the Gersh Agency for film rights and by Matt McGowan at the Frances Goldin Literary Agency; Adam Goodman and Ashley Brucks are representing DreamWorks; Barry Josephson ("Enchanted") is producing, along with Anna Barber and the Magical Elves; Danica Radovanov is executive producer.
March 30, 2007 |
Down deep, in places we don't like to think about, we all know we've done it or thought of doing it. Strapping on that imaginary Stratocaster or Les Paul and greedily tearing at the air with our hungry fingers, we feel like gods -- guitar gods, that is. Be it in the solitude of one's bedroom before a mirror or in the relative obscurity of the colonnade section at the Forum, playing air guitar is generally a type of private reverie, an interpretive communion with music we love.
March 25, 2007 |
IN the opening moments of the documentary film "Air Guitar Nation," a performer who calls himself Bjorn Turoque delivers a surprisingly straight-faced explanation for his virtuosity with the invisible ax. "People ask me, 'Why air guitar?' " Turoque says. "I say, 'To err is human. To air guitar is divine." It's an appropriate enough tone setter for the loopy but humanistic film that opens Friday for one week at the Landmark Nuart Theater in West L.A. Although "Nation" chronicles the U.S.
February 19, 2007 |
Director Alexandra Lipsitz's debut feature, "Air Guitar Nation," struck the right chord with cinephiles on last year's film festival circuit. The whimsical documentary chronicling the birth of the U.S. Air Guitar Championships, where mock rockers finger the frets and twang the strings of their invisible instruments, won audience awards in Austin, Texas, and Traverse City, Mich.