Documentary, 4K, stereo, color, ca. 85'

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 & Director: Rick Minnich
Co-Writer: Matt Sweetwood
Cinematography: Sergey Amirdzhanov (Russia), Lutz Reitemeier (USA/Germany)
Drone Operators:  Rick Minnich (USA/Germany/Russia), Jonathan Skorupa (USA), Sergey Amirdzhanov (Russia)
Sound: Sorin Apostel (Russia), Jonathan Skorupa (USA/Germany)
Editor: Matt Sweetwood
Composer: Lukas Sweetwood
Producers: Hanfgarn + Ufer (Gunter Hanfgarn), CineImpuls Leipzig (Holm Taddiken), Torero Film (Rouven Rech, Teresa Renn)
Production Manager: Bettina Morlock
Location Manager (Russia): Vlad Ketkovich (Ethnofund)
Commissioning Editors: Martin Hübner (MDR), Jenny Westergard (YLE)
Development Developed as part of the Documentary Campus Masterschool
With the support of: MDM, MFG, DFFF, BKM