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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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98 min
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The "Strait" Stuff, 10 January 2008
Author: virek213 from San Gabriel, Ca., USA

Most American country music bands and groups find it difficult to break through the glass ceiling that is the Nashville recording industry. But it's infinitely harder for a band that comes from a country where English isn't exactly a prominent language--especially when that country is one that America had missiles pointed at for forty years. This is the saga told here in THE BALLAD OF BERING STRAIT.

The film tells us of the long four-year struggle of Bering Strait, a sextet of young Russian musicians with a passion for American bluegrass and contemporary country music who kept tenaciously struggling to break into the American market. And as talented as all of them were, particularly co-lead vocalist Natasha Borzilova, banjo player Ilya Toshinsky, and steel player Sasha Ostrovsky, the very fact that they were Russian meant that there was no way people weren't going to see them as something of a novelty. But a look into their background, conducted by director Nina Gilden Seavey, and their musicianship showed that they could craft their material into something unique and fresh. At the end, they do indeed make a major-league debut in 2002 at Wolftrap, outside of Washington D.C., as the opening act for Trisha Yearwood.

THE BALLAD OF BERING STRAIT goes into great depth into how the Nashville music and radio machinery operates, and how this band, as talented as they are, can find themselves pushing up against not only a glass ceiling, but really a stone wall. It was a near-impossible thing, with the record companies they were signed to being consolidated, their Nashville apartment going up in flames, and much, much more. But in the end, they persevered, and went on to make two albums as a band. And while they did split up in 2006, they still managed to break through to a dedicated cult following. This film shows how it all happened, and is a marvelous demonstration of tenacious and young country musicians from another part of the world somehow being able to make an impact in America.

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