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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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Eye-popping look at a talented group of young country-western singers ... from Russia!, 22 May 2003
Author: Eric-1226 from Seattle, Washington

I just saw this last night on CMT (Country Music Television) channel. It was a truly eye-opening documentary. It is all about these seven young musicians, all of whom hail from Russia, who came to the United States to try to make it as an American-style country/western band.

It is a wonderful documentary, one that I wish more young people could see. To say that it is "inspirational" is indeed an understatement. Just comprehending how these young Russians so thoroughly mastered the sound and style of American country music (not to mention their ease with the English language) is just plain impressive!!

Even if you don't consider country-western music to be "your bag", the way these kids put their hearts and souls (and obvious great musical talent) into playing it is enough to make you do a double take and then some. You will most likely end up enjoying their music, perhaps even becoming a fan and buying their CD.

Here in the documentary, not only is their music very appealing and entertaining, but the account of their trials and tribulations - of living in America, learning to cope with the country-music recording industry of Nashville, the endless practicing and songwriting, false leads and dismal uncertainties, thoughts of failure and having to return to Russia, even having their Nashville apartment building burn up in a big fire - is really quite compelling viewing.

I was so impressed by the documentary that I am planning on buying their CD - and to tell you the truth, I'm not really even a country/western music fan. But such was the effect on me of this picture, that I want to run out to my local Silver Platters store and buy their CD. Go figure!

So, good luck, Bering Strait. Hope you have continued success in the music industry!

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