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 (submitter)
Produced by Mridanga Spencer and Sanjay Rawal
Co-producer Parichayaka Hammerl
DP - Sanjay Rawal
Filmed in New York City and Long Beach (and a bit of SF)
Shot on Canon 5D Mark II DSLRs.
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 premiered at the 2010 New York Surf Film Festival. It has appeared since in over a dozen festivals including the renowned St. Louis International Film Festival, where it won Best Short Doc in the FestivalsOnline/St. Louis Film Fest Competition.
Ocean Monk also won an official BEST OF FEST award.