Ballad of Bering Strait (2003)



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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.
Art House & International , Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Ballad of Bering Strait

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

It isn't wildly imaginative, but its subjects are novel enough in their own right.

February 28, 2003
Washington Post
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The documentary never gets more than skin deep.

February 28, 2003
Washington Post
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It's a coming-out party of a project that is never less than engaging.

February 24, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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While the film frequently concentrates on the wrong story, the humanity of the musicians comes through in their own words and actions.

February 21, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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What makes the story worthwhile is the candor and personality of the band members.

Full Review… | February 20, 2003
Los Angeles Times
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This competently made picture seems a rehash, and not a terribly interesting one.

Full Review… | February 19, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Ballad of Bering Strait

This is one of the best movies I have ever seen...especially since I am in it. Also, it is one of the best bands you will ever hear!!!

Mike Kinnamon
Mike Kinnamon

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