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Emmy award-winning director Nina Gilden Seavey follows the unique and remarkable course of the young band, capturing an insiders view of the journey from their homes in Obninsk Russia to an uncertain future in Nashville Tennessee. This critically acclaimed documentary debunks the myth of the overnight sensation and engrosses audiences in what it means to cross boundaries and fuse cultures while never losing sight of your passion.
The Ballad of Bering Strait is a sharp and sensitive documentary about the emotionally perilous journey of several classically trained Moscow musicians who dream of breaking into Nashville's seemingly impenetrable country scene. Superb in technique and soulful in performance, these gifted veterans of Russia's famously rigorous musical training comprise Bering Strait, a hard-charging, rootsy band with solid bluegrass credentials and country-pop flavoring. Their blend is perfect for the era of the Dixie Chicks, but the film captures a near-debilitating flow of problems for Bering Strait, including industry perception (a Russian novelty act?), elusive record deals, homesickness, low morale, deficit spending.... Director Nina Gilden Seavey spends years patiently capturing the ups and downs of this ever-hopeful band of outsiders, in the process clarifying anew the face of the American Dream as most non-superstars--whether resident or immigrant--realistically understand it. --Tom KeoghSee all Editorial Reviews
What an uplifting story. And to come out of Russia is amazing. The music is incredible! I particularly loved the concert.Published 26 days ago by Bruce W. Imfeld
Exactly what I oredered and met all expectations. Would not hesitate to purchase again.Published 10 months ago by ronl3991
Watch this through then watch the bonus clip from Wolf Trap as this group really shows perseverance and skills. Or watch clip, then movie and still root for them.Published on May 11, 2013 by scott
This documentary gives great insight to the talent and struggles of the first Russian band to ever be nominated for a Grammy. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by songwriterfan
Thank you so much for taking an interest in this film!
To answer those of you who have wondered where the band members are now and what they are doing... Read more