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Ocean Monk chronicles the inner and outer search of a group of monks who make their home in New York City. Students of the late Indian teacher, Sri Chinmoy who lived in Queens for over 40 years, this band of friends discovered the beauty and power of the nearby surfing beaches and incorporated their love for the ocean into their search for enlightenment.
Ocean Monk explores the ideals which drive their life as well as the pounding winter surf which sustains them.
illumine productions presents
a film by Sanjay Rawal
Produced by Mridanga Spencer and Sanjay Rawal
Co-producer Parichayaka Hammerl
"Vaarwel" by Wixel used with permission
"Ocean of Air" by Eric Mueller, permission pending.
Ocean Monk also features music by Sigur Ros and Mark Swiderski and appearances by Kelly Slater, Jack Johnson, Titus Kinimaka and the late Sri Chinmoy.
Ocean Monk has been selected to premiere at the 2010 New York Surf Film Festival (nysff.com). It will also appear at the Big Apple Film Festival in NYC and the St. Louis International Film Festival.
(trailer edited by Parichayaka Hammerl)