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A feature length documentary film about the most bizarre touring comedy show there is - the Air Sex World Championships.

Overview

Air Sex: Making Love Out of Nothing At All is a documentary about one of the weirdest live touring shows that's ever existed - the Air Sex World Championships. The film will be shot on the road, as the 2013 tour snakes its way across America – from Miami to LA, and culminating in the 2013 Finals in New Orleans (the first time the finals have been held outside of Austin, TX!).

But what the heck is Air Sex?

The Air Sex World Championships were launched in 2008 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX. The show was initially produced as a one-off show in Japan and was inspired by Air Guitar competitions, which have spread across the world in dozens of major cities and a World Finals event in Finland. A documentary named ‘Air Guitar Nation’ was released in 2009, chronicling a year of competitors pretending to play imaginary musical instruments during popular songs.

Air Sex is similar to Air Guitar, except competitors pretend to make love onstage with a partner who isn’t there. Also, Air Sex isn’t boring and you’ll never see the same show twice, unlike Air Guitar (Air Guitar totally sucks).

The show itself is simple - roughly a dozen people compete in each city while a trio of comedians/sex experts/celebrities judge their performances. The judges choose three (sometimes four in the case of a tie fuck-off) people to move on to the final round. Then all three must perform to mystery songs and a winner is chosen by the audience’s cheers. No nudity, no physical contact with another person onstage.

For your reference, here is a picture of someone having Air Sex.

Once comedian Chris Trew (Comedy Central, America’s Got Talent) discovered Air Sex, he immediately transformed from a casual competitor to the show’s host/producer, giving the show a unique format, flavor, and creating a cheap, spectacular touring show.

People of all ages (over 18 of course), genders, nationalities, religions, and sexual orientations signed up, cobbled together embarrassing or hilarious routines, and people’s minds were blown.

Since then, Air Sex has received tremendous word of mouth and press coverage from IFC, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club, America’s Got Talent, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, along with hundreds of thousands of YouTube views.

As the brand built and spread, more and more fans started taking the competition seriously, crafting elaborate costumes and choreographed routines – some are silly and bizarre and others feel like you’re watching an extremely intimate, private moment that you shouldn’t be seeing. Yet, because anyone can compete (karaoke-style), sometimes a drunk, rowdy onlooker hops up onstage and blows all of the well-practiced competition out of the water. And that’s what makes Air Sex so fun, enigmatic, and unpredictable.

Here's a picture of Chris Trew having Air Sex.

About the Production

Using a skeleton crew of hard-working filmmakers who have been producing projects together for over 10 years, this documentary hopes to capture all of the many things that can go wrong before, during, and after an Air Sex show. Sometimes the venue is crummy, or no promotions happened and only ten people show up. Other times, a competitor’s 3-foot dildo goes missing, or it won’t shoot yogurt out like it’s supposed to. Sometimes the police show up to shut down what they think is an illegal live erotic sex show.

We’ll shoot in 2 phases - the 3-week-long Air Sex East Coast Tour in June 2013 and the 2-week-long Air Sex West Coast Tour in August 2013. Our plan is to premiere the finished film in early 2014.

The production company behind this is Studio 8, a collective of artists and filmmakers in LA, Austin, and New Orleans. Their most well-known recent projects were the web series The Tommy Wi-Show (Machinima) and the TV pilot The House That Drips Blood on Alex (Comedy Central), both of which happened to star cult film icon Tommy Wiseau.

We've managed to fund most of the shooting costs ourselves, but the money raised from this Kickstarter will help cover the costs of actually finishing the movie. This includes editing, color correction, DVD production, legal fees, licensing, music, sound mixing, festival entry fees, etc. We also intend to create a fully original soundtrack, featuring songs created specifically for the wonderful Air Sex routines in the film.

Essentially, the more we can raise here, the better and faster we can finish the film.

If we make our goal...

If we far exceed our goal, we’ll be able to take the film even further, to audiences around America, the world, film festivals, or maybe even your home town. As this Kickstarter campaign continues, we will be adding more rewards, so check back often. If we blow past our goal, we'll have lots more goodies to rain upon our backers, too!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There's always a risk that unforeseen production delays could occur. Keep in mind that this is a full-length film being produced by just a few hard-working people, not a big, fancy studio. But that just means that our film could be a helluva lot cooler than other over-produced films.

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    THE WINK: That's all you got, honey? That's fine. You just earned yourself a sweet thank you tweet from the @airsex Twitter account!

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    THE HOOK-UP: We'll make a personalized Air Sex video for you! It can be a birthday gift you send to someone or a graduation gift. Classy gifts!

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    THE HUG: You get a special Kickstarter-exclusive, DRM-free, digital download of the full movie once it's released! Plus, have your name listed Medium-Sized in the Thank You credits at the end of our film.

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    THE SEXT: Wanna be in the Air Sex doc, but you don't live near any of the tour cities? Backers who choose this reward can send us a video of themselves performing Air Sex and we will include part of that video IN THE FINISHED FILM! We'll ask you to sign a waiver that says we can use your footage and then we'll slip it right into the movie. Instant stardom.

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    THE TOUCH: Admission to a super-secret, special advance screening to be held at The New Movement in Austin, TX, sometime in 2014! PLUS the Kickstarter-exclusive DVD! The film will be introduced by Chris Trew & director Jonathan Evans.

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    THE SQUEEZE: Admission to an advance screening to be held at The New Movement in New Orleans, La sometime in 2014! PLUS the Kickstarter-exclusive DVD! The film will be introduced by Chris Trew & director Jonathan Evans.

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    THE HAND-HOLD: Get both the Kickstarter-exclusive DVD and the digital download - each with loads of uncut Air Sex performances and other extras not seen in the film! Plus, your name listed LARGE-SIZED in the Thank You credits at the end of our film. Includes free shipping to anywhere in the US!

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    THE KISS: Everything in The Hand-Hold above, PLUS get the official Air Sex Championships movie poster shipped to you (autographed by Chris Trew and whichever performers we can swing). Includes free shipping to anywhere in the US!

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    THE STROKE: Join us LIVE onstage for the Air Sex Championships show in New Orleans on Saturday August 10th 2013 at One Eyed Jacks as a judge. You get to sit behind a table and give feedback to each contestant!

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    THE STROKE: Join us LIVE onstage for the Air Sex Championships show in Austin on Saturday August 17th 2013 at The North Door as a judge. You get to sit behind a table and give feedback to each contestant!

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    THE POKE: Everything in The Kiss above, PLUS get the Air Sex original soundtrack sent to you as a digital download. Includes free shipping to anywhere in the US!

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    THE STROKE: Join us LIVE onstage for the Air Sex Championships show in San Francisco on Monday August 26th 2013 at The Elbo Room as a judge. You get to sit behind a table and give feedback to each contestant!

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    THE STROKE: Join us LIVE onstage for the Air Sex Championships show in Washington D.C. on Sunday, June 16, 2013 at Rock n' Roll Hotel as a judge. You get to sit behind a table and give feedback to each contestant!

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    THE LICK: Join us LIVE onstage for the Air Sex Championships show in Orlando, FL on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Lil Indies as a judge. You get to sit behind a table and give feedback to each contestant!

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    THE STROKE: Join us LIVE onstage for the Air Sex Championships show in San Diego on Thursday August 22nd 2013 at The Soda Bar as a judge. You get to sit behind a table and give feedback to each contestant!

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    THE PRIVATE SHOW: Check our touring schedule - if we have a night off and we're in your neighborhood, we'll happily stage a mini-Air Sex show in your house or theater or party (and include it in the documentary, probably!). Contact christrew@gmail.com about this before you buy.

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    THE HEAVY PETTING: Everything in The Poke above, PLUS you get an Associate Producer credit. Includes free shipping to anywhere in the US!

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    THE THRUST: Everything in The Poke above, PLUS you get an Associate Producer credit, AND a VIP invitation to the Air Sex Finals in New Orleans (date TBD), followed by dinner with the directors and an overnight hotel stay (room only) with a pleasure-inducing gift basket of naughty trinkets. Transportation not included. Includes free shipping to anywhere in the US!

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    THE CLIMAX: Everything in The Poke above, PLUS you get an Executive Producer credit, AND a special screening of the finished film in your hometown for you and your friends. Film to be introduced by Chris Trew & director Jonathan Evans. A range of dates will be offered. Location must be within 1 hour of a major airport. Includes free shipping to anywhere in the US!

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