Monk With A Camera: The Life and Journey of Nicholas Vreeland (2014)

Monk With A Camera: The Life and Journey of Nicholas Vreeland
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 30mins.
Genres Documentary, Religion, Biopic
Keywords 2010s, biopic, Buddhism, inspirational, monastery, monk, photographer, photography, religion, religious, transformation
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Ugo Lo Pinto Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Ralph Q Smith Cinematographer n/a 402 6000002
Leonardo Colla Co-Producer n/a 170 3000006
Andrew Herwitz Executive Producer n/a 174 3000005
Vishwanath Alluri Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Tina Mascara Editor n/a 172 7000001
Guido Santi Editor n/a 172 7000002
Joe Rothenberg Animator Animation 483 23000001
Sloane Korach Visual Effects Motion Graphics 419 23000002
Andy Hay Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Aldo DeScalzi Music n/a 120781 8000002
Pivio DeScalzi Music n/a 120781 8000001
Vishwanath Alluri Producer n/a 3 3000003
Guido Santi Producer n/a 3 3000002
John Avedon Himself n/a 121208 1000005
Alexander Vreeland Himself n/a 121208 1000006
Dalai Lama Himself n/a 121208 1000004
Khyongia Rato Rinpoche Himself n/a 121208 1000003
Richard Gere Himself n/a 121208 1000002
Ptolemy Thompkins Himself n/a 121208 1000007
Tonne Goodman Himself n/a 121208 1000008
Guido Santi Director n/a 2 2000002
Tina Mascara Producer n/a 3 3000001
Tina Mascara Director n/a 2 2000001
Frederick Vreeland Himself n/a 121208 1000010
Wendy Goodman Herself n/a 121209 1000009
Nicholas Vreeland Himself n/a 121208 1000001
Nicholas (Nicky) Vreeland, the grandson of legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, walked away from a life of privilege to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk in 1972. He moved to India, cut his ties with his pleasure-filled world, and began living in a monastery with no running water or electricity, where he would spend the next 14 years studying to become a monk. Conversations with actor Richard Gere, his Holiness the Dalai Llama, and Vreeland's Buddhist teacher Khylongla Rinpoche, among many others, chronicle Vreeland's cultural and spiritual journey, as well as his lifelong (and often conflicting) relationship with photography. Trained early on by famed American photographer Irving Penn, Vreeland developed a sophisticated aesthetic and was on a path to become a world-class photographer himself. But once a monk, he abandoned his cameras to focus on his studies and devote himself to a monastic life. In an ironic twist of fate, Nicky went back to photography in part to help rebuild the monastery after the 2008 economic crisis left them without much-needed financial assistance.