Air Knob

Two neighbours: one a quiet, would-be folk guitarist, the other a brash wannabe headbanger, vie for air guitar supremacy on a sleepy suburban street in this take-no-prisoners air guitar battle.

All the music is 100% original and is played pitch perfect. This is no amateur air guitar playing. This is the real deal. In an air guitar war, there are only LOSERS!

Creative team

Co-writer/director/producer: Nathan Fleet
Co-writer: Derek Dwyer

Filmmaker’s statement

Nathan Fleet says:

“In 1977, I saw Star Wars for the first time.

I owned the soundtrack album that had these great panels of images from the film. I would listen to the music and stare at the panels, imagining the movie in my head. This is the moment I fell in love with movies and music.

Air Knob is far from what Star Wars is, but the inspiration can be traced right back to 1977. Air Knob combined my two passions: filmmaking and composing. As an independent filmmaker you have to be the driving force behind your movie. Including pre-production and post, Air Knob took about six months to complete and I also prepared to spend at least five to 10 years promoting the movie.

If someone hasn’t seen it, it’s new to them. From distribution to festivals, special screenings, schools, talks and online viewing, there are more ways than ever to get people to see your movie, but it takes time and a lot of hard work. Work that you have to be willing to do.

I hope that you are my proof and that you are seeing my film for the first time. Now that the film is online is has never been easier to share, comment, interact and enjoy repeat viewings. It makes it all worthwhile for a filmmaker whose inspiration started a long time ago …”

About Nathan Fleet

Nathan Fleet

Nathan is a director and composer, often wearing both hats at once.

His perfectly underscored work in the self‐directed, silent musical comedy Air Knob received silver for performance excellence from the Park City Film Music Festival and best music and best performances from the WildSOUND Film Festival in Toronto. The film itself has won awards in the audience choice, best film, best comedy and best short categories. Air Knob was distributed by Ouat Media and has screened and been broadcast  around the world.

On the dramatic side, Nathan silenced audiences with Marshmallow, a dark short about child abduction. His follow up was Fvoyer, a feature length, one­‐take, no camera movement, police surveillance drama. Nathan has directed two seasons of the popular martial arts training show City Commando. In addition to scoring the series, Nathan brought cinematic elements to the crime re-enactment show.

Music was the driving force in Let Him Be,  a faux documentary about two filmmakers who found a 65-year-old musician resembling John Lennon living on a remote farm in southern Ontario. He had the unique challenge of arranging, performing and recording songs, written by the film’s director Peter McNamee, as if Lennon wrote them today. Nathan also acted in the film, which drew worldwide raves.

In the community, Nathan is the administrator of the Hamilton Film Festival (HFF). Now in its eighth year, the HFF has screened hundreds of films, local and worldwide, and provided filmmakers with the opportunity to screen their works, participate in workshops and panel discussion as well as networking and encore screenings throughout the year.

Nathan also sits on the board at the Factory Media Centre, the committee for Cinema Hamilton Awards and was a juror for the Hamilton 24-hour film festival.

Later in 2013, Nathan will release Knobology, which will include several details on the making of Air Knob, designed to assist filmmakers from concept to creation of a successful short film. Another music­‐based comedy short is in the works and pre-­ production has begun on an untitled dramatic feature.

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