The Ballad of Bering Strait is a cinema-verite film following seven Russian teenagers who come to America to become country music stars. Ultimately, this stranger-than-fiction true-life story witnesses the transformation of the band’s members as they wend the torturous path to fame that is littered with deals gone awry, unexpected personal sacrifice, hard-to-win audiences, and a revisioning of the American dream.
Principle photography began in July 1999 when the band, Bering Strait entered the United States and began recording their first album in Nashville. The film documents the band responding to the twists and turns of the recording industry, rehearsing for their tour, preparing for their debut concert at the Grand Ole Opry, charting the course for their career with their managers, and living every-day life on the farm where they reside in rural Tennessee. The crew traveled with the band to their homes in Obninsk, Russia and to their music conservatories in Moscow, documenting how these two girls and five boys who comprise the band, Bering Strait, became so adept at playing American country music.
The film culminates with the band's arrival on the U.S. stage at Wolf Trap National Park. Ultimately, this stranger-than-fiction true-life story witnesses the transformation of the band’s members as they wend the torturous path to fame that is littered with deals gone awry, unexpected personal sacrifice, hard-to-win audiences, and a revisioning of the American dream. The Ballad of Bering Strait is a two and a half year epic that follows Bering Strait's amazing cultural fusion, coming-of-age journey in America.
Director: Nina Gilden Seavey
Producer: Nina Gilden Seavey
Associate Producers: Barry Rebo and Nobuo Isobe
Original Music by Bering Straight
Director of Photography: Erich Roland
Editor: Jeff Consiglio
Emmy Award Nominee for Best Director, 2004
Winner, Audience Award, Washington International Film Festival, 2002
Winner, Audience Prize, Marco Island Film Festival for Best Documentary, 2002
Winner, Best Long-Form Editing, The Peer Awards, 2002
Honorable Mention, Best Documentary, The Peer Awards, 2002
Winner, Chris Award, Columbus International Film Festival, 2003
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Theatrical Distribution - Emerging Pictures in association with Microsoft and Digital Cinema Solutions
Broadcast - Viacom VH1/CMT, Rainbow Media
DVD/VHS Purchase - Koch-Lorber Entertainment
International distribution - 3-DD Entertainment, London, England
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