London to New York by rail.
Not with the Intercontinental Railway!
George Koumal has a dream – to connect the US and Russia via a train tunnel beneath the Bering Strait. For the past thirty years, the retired Czech-born mining engineer has been leading a passionate group of American, Russian, and Korean visionaries known as the “Strait Guys” in an uphill battle to convince international governments, corporations, and indigenous tribes to green-light 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?
The Strait Guys is a feature-length documentary by American independent filmmaker Rick Minnich, who has spent the past eleven years following George and his fellow Strait Guys around the globe. He filmed them presenting their vision to politicians, at conferences, and to native communities along the planned route through Alaska. He even traveled to the end of the rail line near Yakutsk in eastern Siberia to film the Strait Guys linking with their Russian counterparts, who are already extending their railroad toward the Bering Strait. The Strait Guys is a heartwarming story of one man’s tenacity in the face of overwhelming odds, and an inspiring example of how Americans and Russians can work together outside the hardened political front which is keeping our countries apart.
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with the Intercontinental Railway
Production is complete, and we are currently putting on the finishing touches: voice-over recording, sound mix, color grading. With your support, we can complete this work to the highest possible quality, and launch the film into the world.
As of June 15, 2021, we have a budget deficit of $154,371. Below is an overview of our income sources and expenses to date. Your contributions will help cover the following expenditures:
- post-production expenses (voice-over talent and recording, sound design and mix, color grading, mastering)
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