Nina Gilden Seavey
THE BALLAD OF BERING STRAIT is a cinema-verité documentary following seven Russian teenagers who come to America to become country music stars. In July 1999, the Bering Strait Band entered the United States, and began recording their first album in Nashville. The film charts the band responding to the twists and turns of the recording industry, rehearsing for their tour, and preparing for their debut concert at the Grand Ole Opry. Journeying back to their homes in Obninsk, Russia, and to their music conservatories in Moscow, we discover how two girls and five boys became so adept at playing American country music.