Bridge (1988 film)

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Directed byPaolo Mazzucato
Boris Airapetian
Produced byRobert Kath
Written byPaolo Mazzucato
Boris Airapetian
StarringVadim Stepashkin
Music byVadim Kopisov
CinematographySergey Kozlov
Staphan Perrault
Production Design:
Sergey Mavrody
Eric Fitchter
Assistant Director:
Robert Borden
Release date
27 November 1988 (limited)
Running time
7 minutes
CountryUnited States
Soviet Union

Bridge (Мост) is a musical film, the first USA/USSR student co-production.[1]


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.


  • Vadim Stepashkin as Young Man
  • Rhonda Muffley as Young Woman


The music video is the brainchild of Robert Kath, who brought the idea to All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), the film school in Moscow.[2]

In July 1988, Robert Kath, and Paolo Mazzucato and Stuart Merrill traveled to Moscow, in what was, at the time, the U.S.S.R.. It had taken over a year of planning and preparation to find the proper channel of communication by which Kath's proposal for a joint US/Soviet student film production could be delivered to a receptive authority within the Soviet Union[1]

The played song "Bridges of Trust" is a collaborative effort by Soviet composer Vladimir Kopisov and the American group Collective Vision.[3]

The first US/USSR student co-production, the film was screened via-satellite at American embassies around the world during the May/June 1990 summit between then presidents George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev.[1]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 1988, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Frank O'Connor Memorial Award (North Hollywood, California) - currently known as College Emmy Award[4]
  • 1989, CINE Eagle Award (Washington, D.C.) - Winner [5]
  • 1989, Golden Reel Competition (International Television and Video Association) - finalist[4]
  • 1989, Chicago Music Video Contest (Chicago, Illinois) - 1st place[4]
  • 1990, The IAC International Film/Video Festival (London, UK) - Silver Certificate[4]
  • 1990, The Badalona Film Festival (Badalona, Spain) - Special Mention of the Jury[4]
  • 1989, Houston International Film and Video Competition, currently WorldFest Houston - Honorable Mention (Bridging The Gap, documentary)[4]


  1. ^ a b c "The Bridge Project". Paolo Mazzucato. 2008-01-19. Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2007-02-19.
  2. ^ Chicago Tribune 1988-10-11
  3. ^ LA Times, Pop & Rock, by John Voland and Steve Weinstein, Oct 17 1988
  4. ^ a b c d e f Official Site
  5. ^ 1989 CINE Winner Directory

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