Thursday, November 13, 2014

"Monk with a Camera" trailer

It's not often you can say "check out this monk's photographs!" But that's not the only unique twist to the upcoming documentary "Monk with a Camera."

Directors Tina Mascara and Guido Santi (who last collaborated on 2007's "Chris & Don: A Love Story") follow Nicholas Vreeland who left a privileged life to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk more than 40 years ago. Vreeland is the grandson of Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, so the word "privileged" is an apt description of his earlier life.  Though he tried to give up his love of photography during his time away from Western culture, it was this gift that he could never shake that helped his fellow monks rebuild their monastery.

Vreeland's story doesn't end there. According to the film's website, "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."

Mascara and Santi's film currently has a significantly limited theatrical release, but I'm expecting this documentary to gain some appeal and branch out to other cities in the near future. In the meantime, check out the trailer and appreciate one man's crazy life trajectory:

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