Documentary, 4K, stereo, color, ca. 95'

The Strait Guys (work-in-progress)

Whatever happened to that monumental dream to finally connect the USA and Russia across the Bering Strait? Ask the passionate team of seniors known as the “Strait Guys”,  who have been fighting for decades to convince international governments, corporations, and indigenous tribes to greenlight their $100 billion railway project which promises to become the Panama Canal of the 21st century. As they struggle to keep their “peace, progress, and prosperity” project alive, the Strait Guys leave us wondering: What is really preventing us from being connected?

Writer & DirectorRick Minnich
Co-WriterMatt Sweetwood
CinematographySergey Amirdzhanov (Russia), Lutz Reitemeier (USA)
Additional CinematographyRick Minnich
Drone OperatorsSergey Amirdzhanov (Russia), Rick Minnich (USA/Russia), Jonathan Skorupa (USA) 
SoundSorin Apostel (Russia), Jonathan Skorupa (USA)
EditorMatt Sweetwood
ComposerLukas Sweetwood
ProducersHanfgarn + Ufer (Gunter Hanfgarn), CineImpuls Leipzig (Holm Taddiken), Torero Film (Rouven Rech, Teresa Renn)
Production ManagerBettina Morlock
Location Manager (Russia)Vlad Ketkovich (Ethnofund)
Commissioning EditorsThomas Beyer (MDR), Jenny Westergard (YLE), Rudy Buttignol (Knowledge Network)
DevelopmentDeveloped as part of the Documentary Campus Masterschool
Pitched atIDFA Forum, North Pitch – Below Zero, The Edinburgh Pitch, GZDOC, Doc Preview Germany (DOK Leipzig)
With the support ofMDM, MFG, DFFF, BKM