Events | Film Screening: The Strait Guys

Los Angeles | October 6, 2022 | 7:30 PM (PDT)

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520 Paseo Miramar, LA, CA 90272
Start of event: 7:30 pm

Street parking is available on Los Liones Drive. Shuttle service starts from Los Liones Drive, off Sunset Boulevard two blocks North East of Pacific Coast Highway and is running from 6:30-7:30pm and after the program. Please do not park in the Topanga State Park Lot!



A railway tunnel under the Bering Strait: a utopia, a vision, a mission. But also reality? 

A 76-year old engineer is on a mission: to connect the United States and Russia with a 100-kilometer long train tunnel beneath the Bering Strait. 

The Strait Guys follows Czech-born mining engineer, George, and his fast-talking protégé, Scott, along the proposed route of the InterContinental Railway through Alaska, to the Bering Strait and onward to Russia. The “Strait Guys” endeavor to convince international governments, corporations, and First Nations to green-light their $100 billion railway project—with the promise to become the Panama Canal of the 21st century.  

As they struggle to keep their monumental vision alive in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the Strait Guys leave us wondering: What is really preventing the US and Russia from being connected?  

Since Russia’s attack on Ukraine, the tunnel plan certainly seems absurd. Yet the Strait Guys are more convinced than ever that their mega-project is exactly what the world needs to finally leave wars behind and create “peace, progress and prosperity” for all. 

4K, 99 min., Color, English and Russian with English subtitles 

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The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director.


About the Filmmaker

Rick Minnich is filmmaker and educator. Born and raised in the American West, Rick came of age during the last years of the Cold War. After living on both sides of the Iron Curtain, he settled in Berlin months after the Wall came tumbling down. 

Rick has dedicated his life to building bridges, rather than walls. His films cover a wide range of subjects, from growing up in the US during the Reagan era, his search for the perfect America, a foray into hillbilly music, the mysteries of amnesia, undetonated World War II bombs in Germany, the attempt to connect Russia and the US with the world’s longest train tunnel beneath the Bering Strait, and a loving portrait of the Holocaust survivor and presidential tailor Martin Greenfield and his legacy. What all of Rick’s films have in common is a passion for intelligent and entertaining storytelling with a heart and a deep love of humanity. 



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