Monk with a Camera

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    Monk with a Camera

    Directed by

    USA, France, India, Italy

    2013

    100 min

    • English

    Documentary

    Nicholas Vreeland walked away from a worldly life of privilege to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk. Grandson of legendary Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, and trained by Irving Penn to become a photographer, Nicholas' life changed drastically upon meeting a Tibetan master, one of the teachers of the Dalai Lama. Soon thereafter, he gave up his glamorous life to live in a monastery in India, where he studied Buddhism for fourteen years. In an ironic twist of fate, Nicholas went back to photography to help his fellow monks rebuild their monastery. Recently, the Dalai Lama appointed Nicholas as Abbot of the monastery, making him the first Westerner in Tibetan Buddhist history, to attain such a highly regarded position.

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    Tina Mascara

    Tina Mascara

    USA

    Tina Mascara is a graduate from the Film program at the Los Angeles City College. She wrote, produced and directed two independent feature films: JACKLIGHT (2000) and ASPHALT STARS (2002). Both films have been shown and awarded at several domestic and international film festivals, including the Kolkata International Film Festival, The Palm Springs and the Madrid Film Festivals. Tina also works as a freelance writer and editor.

    Guido Santi

    Guido Santi

    USA

    Guido Santi started his career directing short films and collaborating with “Ipotesi Cinema,” the group of young filmmakers coordinated by award-winning director Ermanno Olmi. After receiving his Master’s degree in Film Production at USC, Guido has worked producing and directing TV special and documentaries. He lives in Los Angeles where he co-founded with Tina Mascara, Asphalt Stars Productions.