Monk With a Camera

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Monk With a Camera

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DIRECTORS: Tina Mascara, Guido Santi
Q/A with Alexander Vreeland

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DIRECTORS: Tina Mascara, Guido Santi
PRODUCERS: Tina Mascara, Guido Santi
EDITORS: Tina Mascara, Guido Santi
CINEMATOGRAPHERS: Ugo Lo Pinto, Ralph Q. Smith

Monk With a Camera chronicles the life and spiritual quest of Nicholas (Nicky) Vreeland, who for the past 28 years has been a Tibetan Buddhist monk. The son of a U.S. Ambassador, grandson of legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland and a photographer by trade, Nicky left his privileged life behind to follow his true calling. He spent 14 years in India in a monastery with no running water or electricity studying to become a monk. In one of life’s beautiful twists, Nicky went back to the worldly pursuit of photography in order to help his fellow monks rebuild their monastery. His journey from photographer to monk and, most recently, to being appointed as the abbot of the monastery he helped to rebuild, are the core of the story. 

The film’s directors, Tina Mascara and Guido Santi, previously made Chris and Don: A Love Story, a moving account of the long, romantic relationship between the author Christopher Isher wood and the artist Don Bachardy.