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"The Ballad of Bering Strait" is a cinema-verite film following seven Russian teenagers who have come to America to become country music stars... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Alexei Arzamastsev ... Bering Strait - Drums (as Alexander Arzamastsev)
Natasha Borzilova ... Bering Strait - Lead Vocals
Andrei Missikhin ... Bering Strait - Bass (as Andrei Misikhin)
Sergei 'Spooky' Olkhovsky ... Bering Strait - Bass
Alexander Ostrovsky ... Bering Strait - Steel Guitar (as Alexander 'Sasha' Ostrovsky)
Sergei Pasov ... Bering Strait - Fiddle (as Sergei Passov)
Lidia Salnikova ... Bering Strait - Keyboard (as Lydia Salnikova)
Ilya Toshinsky ... Bering Strait - Banjo
Mike Kinnamon ... Personal Manager
Brent Maher ... Record Producer
Tim DuBois ... President, Arista-Nashville
Ray Johnson ... Art Dealer
Valery Salnikov ... Lydia's Father
Phil O'Donnell

Directed by
Nina Gilden Seavey 
Produced by
Kalindi Corens .... associate producer: Russia crew
Nobuo Isobe .... co-producer
Barry Rebo .... co-producer
Nina Gilden Seavey .... producer
Cinematography by
Erich Roland (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jeff Consiglio 
Production Management
Steven S. Nelson .... production manager: Nashville crew
Alexei Zubatch .... production manager: Russia crew
Sound Department
Jeff Blynder .... location sound
Brian Cunneff .... sound designer
Brian Cunneff .... sound mixer
Michael Figlio .... sound: Nashville crew (as Mike Figlio)
Thomas Morrison .... sound: Nashville crew (as Tom Morrison)
Scott Rhame .... sound designer
Scott Rhame .... sound mixer
Justin Rosensteel .... production engineer
Len Schmitz .... location sound
Tom Wentworth .... location sound
Visual Effects by
Andy Brill .... graphics artist
Mandy McMahan .... graphics artist (as Mandy McMahon)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dennis Boni .... additional cinematography
Rich Confalone .... additional cinematography
Vance Holmes .... additional cinematography
Chris Li .... additional cinematography
Chris Maddaloni .... still photographer
Allen Moore .... additional cinematography
Tony Pemberton .... gaffer: Russia crew
Jason 'Freelance' Pierce .... gaffer: Nashville crew
Editorial Department
Dave Allen .... on-line editor
Greg Connors .... colorist (as Greg Conners)
Melani Douglass .... assistant editor
Susan T. Dyer .... post-production coordinator
Renee Fisher .... post-production assistant
Vince Forcier .... post-production executive
Jeanne Mayeux .... post-production assistant
Hans Roland .... post-production executive
Kurt Schneid .... assistant editor
Lisa Thompson .... post-production assistant
Justin Van Prooyen .... assistant editor
Other crew
Chris Borges .... production assistant
Chris Brown .... production assistant: Nashville crew
Ira Deutchman .... representative: producer
Vince Forcier .... production executive
Cole Gibbons .... production assistant: Nashville crew
Marina Golovchenko .... interpreter: Russia crew
Margaret Hayden .... production assistant
Maxim Ivashyn .... translator
Nancy Mantelli .... production assistant
Gwen Morgan .... production assistant
Mary Murphy .... intern
Hans Roland .... production executive
Peter Rollberg .... translator
Galina A. Savitskaia .... translator
John Schlosser .... production assistant
Milena Schwager .... translator
Andrew Shatalin .... translator
Courtenay Singer .... production assistant
Kiev Tetra .... production assistant
Deborah Wagnon .... legal counsel
Jonathan West .... production assistant
Fletcher Foster .... special thanks
Fritz Roland .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Wished for more depth and background, 14 April 2007
Author: TallPineTree from Montana, USA

The documentary is not bad, but I wish it had more on the individual band members and their Russian background. What we get are the trials and tribulations of trying to record a country music album during upheavals in the country music industry with companies and recording contracts. For much of what happens this could be almost any band, American or non-American.

I had the feeling the documentary was made partly as a promotional device to advertise the band as they were stuck in a kind of limbo during much of the movie. That would explain the lack of film prior to their arrival in the U.S. What little was filmed in Russia appeared to be when band members went back to visit family.

This is not to say the band members are not good, they are. Their music mostly sounds like top 40 country music of the time - the early part of this decade. I enjoyed the one song they played in concert that showcased their Russian background.

I would have liked more on the individual band members. Probably part of this lack of depth is that these are teenagers after all. Add in that they are non-US people and not so used to self analysis and expressing their emotions to strangers. I don't think the filmmakers really ever got close to the band members.

There is such a thing as a "Russian soul" and a Russian characteristic of fatalism and accepting one's fate. I know as I have Russian ancestors. I saw a glimpse of that in several of the young men's comments after the fire and their frustration in not moving forward with their career. I would have like the filmmaker to spent more time on showing how being Russian affected the kids outlook and decisions, at least more so than being homesick and having to contend with Visa restrictions on work.

Unfortunately it appears the documentary ends before Bering Strait's success and eventual breakup. Wikipedia has some interesting info on the band and what the members are up to now. A positive thing about this documentary is that it got me interested in the band and their fate and I went searching for more info.

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