Docurama announced this week that they have acquired theatrical rights for Alexandra Lipsitz’s popular documentary, Air Guitar Nation. The documentary, which premiered at SXSW in March, won the audience award at SXSW 2006 for best music film. Following the SXSW premiere, the film played a series of festivals including Full Frame, Tribeca, Britdoc, and Edinburgh. The official announcement is:
The leading distributor of documentary films to the home entertainment marketplace, Docurama is expanding its reach to the theatrical market with AIR GUITAR NATION which will be released in association with Shadow Distribution, Docurama’s partner in a first look deal taking Shadow’s theatrical films to DVD; recent collaborations include The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill and the upcoming The Beauty Academy of Kabul. AIR GUITAR NATION is slated for a national Spring 2007 theatrical release.
Discussing theatrical distribution, New Video’s Steve Savage said, “After releasing over 150 documentaries on DVD, it was inevitable that the time would come for Docurama to extend its reach to the theatrical space. We’ve waited and looked for the right fit for our theatrical debut, knowing that we wanted to come out of the gate with not only a quality film, but also one that would be broadly entertaining. AIR GUITAR NATION delivers.”