A bittersweet love story that takes place in the vision of their futures of two children, one American and one Soviet. The Soviet dreams of coming here, while the American dreams of dancing with the Bolshoi Ballet. As both try to pursue their goals, symbolically both countries still have a long way to go. The film is not political. The focus is on the cultures and people of our two dynamic countries.

By Robert Kath


Genres: short film


7 minutes, 16-mm film


Producer and Directors

Robert Kath - producer

Paolo Mazzucato - director / writer

Boris Airapetyan - director / writer


Stepashkin, Vadim - Young Man

Muffley, Rhonda - Young Woman

Shcherbakov, Aleksandr  - Boy

Armato, Amanda  - Girl

Ustinov, Alexei - Old man


Kozlov, Sergei

Perrault, Stephan

Production Manager

Gorbunov, Boris

Editel / Chicago

Williams, Jeffery A. - computer animation

Gregg Jackson - editor

Neal Oswald - editor

Joe Gordon - film colorist

Larry longman - film colorist

Mark Springer - ausi syncing

John Binder - audio sweetening

Lorenn Silber - audio sweetening

Lisa Masciarotte - post coordinator

Dave Logan - post coordinator

Reid Brody - consultatnt

Other Crew

Eric Sproull - sound mixer

Stuart Merril - production assistant

Gelena Gutlina - interpreter

Gary Light - interpreter

Tatiana Tursunova - interpeter

Haidar Lutafi - interpeter

Natalia Levitanskaya - production coordinator

Larisa Domogatzkaja - production coordinator

Natalia Zavgorodkaja - production coordinator

Production Design

Sergey Mavrody - production designer / art director

Eric Fitchter - production designer / art director


Kopisov, Vadim - composer

Whitmore, Guy and Hanke, P.J. - composers and performers

Valentina and Jordan, Jerry - lead vocalists

Ivanova, Natalia - vocalist

Children's vocals - Brian Conklin, Ben Dodge, Julie Feddema, jonathan Spaeth, Mark Thomas, Jackie Wang

Assistant and Casting Directors

Borden, Robert - assistant director

Ivanova, Natalia - assistant director

Petrovich, Ana - casting director

Art Department

Annino, Mike - graphic designer

Borke, Kristen  - wardrobe

Camera and Electrical Department

H.D. Motyl - cinematographer (documentary)

Michael Sychev - cinematographer (documentary)

Chastain, Cindy - assistant camera

Seymour, Bruce  - lighting director

Erlander, Scott - crane operator

Molnar, Kevin - photographer

Other Companies

Chicago Recording Co. - sound post-production

Royal Recorders - sound

Zenith / db Studios - soundtrac

Special Thanks

Delta Airlines

Sony Corporation of America

River North Recorders

Eastman Kodak

Walt Disney Productions


US Department of State

  • 1988, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Frank O'Connor Memorial Award (North Hollywood, CA) - currently known as Emmy Award - Second Place
  • 1989, CINE Eagle Award (Washington, DC) - Winner
  • 1989, Golden Reel Competition (Internationsl Television and Video Association) - finalist
  • 1989, Chicago Music Video Contest (Chicago, IL) - 1st place
  • 1990, The IAC International Fil/Video Festival (London, UK) - Silver Certificate
  • 1990, The Badalona Film Festival (Badalona, Spain) - Special Mention of the Jury
  • 1989, Houston International Film and Video Competition, currently WorldFest Houston - Honorable Mention (Bridging The Gap, documentary)


  • Chicago Tribune, Oct 11, 1988 by James Warren - 1st joint music video puts Soviets, Americans in tune with the times.
  • Los Angeles Times, Oct 17, 1988, by John Voland - Pop & Rock
  • Debut (Academy of Television Arts & Sciences), Spring 1989 - Award Winner Q & A with Robert Kath
  • Back Stage, Nov 25, 1988 - Editel/Chicago Supports Bridge Organiation in US.USSR Video
  • Billboard, Dec 17, 1988, by Steven Dupler - The Eye
  • Screen, Sept 5, 1988, by Cody Block - Celluloid Curtain
  • Chicago Sun-Times, June 20, 1988, by Gary Weber -The plan, comrades: music video venture
  • The Daily Northwestern, Febr 1988, by Eric Lindbloom - Making reel contacts.
  • The Daily Northwestern, Oct 12 1988, by Michelle MScGurk - Music video bridges the gap
  • The Institute of Modern Communications Newsletter - A Film Bridge
  • Bridging the Gap documentary film - 1988, by H.D. Motyl and crew
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  • Northwestern Observer, Fall 1988, by Melissa Del'Aringa - A music video that links two nations in song
  • North Shore, Jan 1989, by Mark Mandernach - Wildcats, Soviets bridge the gap
  • Skokie Review, Oct 27 1988, by Marsha Dada - Video bridges the gap between Soviets, Americans
  • Dialogue - A view from the bridge
  • Accociated Press, Chicago - Cultural 'Bridge' leads to US-USSR video
  • Arkansas Gazette, Oct 22 1988 - Soviet-American venture into video, not political
  • Sun, Lowell, MA Oct 15, 1988 - US Soviet cultural bridge yields first joint rock video
  • Patriot, Harrisburg , PA, Oct 15 1988 - Glasnost on a roll as Soviets join Americans in making rock video
  • Miami Herald, Oct 17 1988 - US-Soviet Rock video
  • Valley News Dispatch, Oct 15, 1988 - Americans, Soviets Rock
  • Review-Journal, las vegas, NE, Oct 21 1988 - Rock video helps bridge cultural gaps
  • Daily Progress, Charlottesville, VA Oct 15 1988 - Rock 'N Rolll Glastost
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