The Ballad of Bering Strait

Overview

Directed by Nina Gilden Seavey, The Ballad of Bering Strait is a documentary about a group of Russian teenagers who move to Nashville to make it big as country stars. The band Bering Strait started in Obninsk, Russia, after a music teacher had introduced his students to bluegrass. In 1992, the lead guitarist, Ilya Toshinsky, visited the Tennessee Banjo Institute, and a year later the band moved to Oak Ridge, TN, on an exchange program. In 1999, they signed with Arista records and began recording an album with ...
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Overview

Directed by Nina Gilden Seavey, The Ballad of Bering Strait is a documentary about a group of Russian teenagers who move to Nashville to make it big as country stars. The band Bering Strait started in Obninsk, Russia, after a music teacher had introduced his students to bluegrass. In 1992, the lead guitarist, Ilya Toshinsky, visited the Tennessee Banjo Institute, and a year later the band moved to Oak Ridge, TN, on an exchange program. In 1999, they signed with Arista records and began recording an album with producer Brent Maher and manager Mike Kinnamon. In the film, the six-piece band wades through the music-industry hassles of switching labels, losing contracts, and major debt as well as the immigration problems of language barriers, visa restrictions, and homesickness. Eventually they end up signing with a different label, recording an album, and going on tour.
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Special Features

Video of Grammy-nominated single; Theatrical trailers; Extended scenes; Exclusive live concert; Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound; Shot in hi-definition video; Aspect ratio 4x3
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • UPC: 741952300090
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Koch Lorber Films
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Nina Gilden Seavey Director, Producer
Jeff Consiglio Editor
Nobuo Isobe Co-producer
Barry Rebo Co-producer
Scott Rhame Sound/Sound Designer
Erich Roland Cinematographer
Bering Strait Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Introduction [4:11]
3. Ilya Banjo Exam [4:53]
4. Band Arrives in America [8:47]
5. We Meet Tim Dubois [4:55]
6. Pancake Breakfast - First Record Deal - Advance [4:24]
7. Band's History in Obninsk [3:03]
8. Lydia at Home in Obninsk [3:04]
9. Winter 1999 - The Fall of Arista [6:45]
10. Winter of Waiting [2:59]
11. Natasha's Story [3:09]
12. Summer 2000 - New Recording Contract [3:38]
13. Grand Ole Opry [7:16]
14. WLX and Kathy's Tavern [4:06]
15. Winter 2000/2001 - Record Deal Dissolves [5:15]
16. Meeting With Tim Dubois [5:52]
17. Band Begins to Disintegrate [5:13]
18. Apartment Fire [2:48]
19. Spring 2000 - New Record Deal - Band on the Road [:00]
20. Band Arrives at Wolf Trap [4:21]
21. Band on Stage at Wolf Trap [3:55]
22. Epilogue - Last Song - Credits [6:49]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Program
      Play All
      Chapter Selections
   Extras
      Concert Footage at Wolf Trap
      Alexander's Campfire Song
      Trailer
      Extended Trailer
      "Bearing Straight" Music Video
      Web Link
   Audio Setup
      5.1 Dolby Surround Sound
      Dolby Stereo
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