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Ocean Monk Wins Prestigious OFFICIAL BEST OF FEST AWARD

Ocean Monk won an Official Best of Fest Award. The awards are presented to 5% of the independent films considered this year. All Official Best of Fest Award winners qualified by winning an award at a major film festival.

OBFA is a great distributor of hard to find films. Check them out! You’ll be sure to find gems.

Byron Bay, Sedona, San Luis Obispo

Ocean Monk will be screened at the Sedona Film Festival at the end of February, at Byron Bay in March and San Luis Obispo mid-March!

Best Short Doc – St. Louis Film Festival + IndieFlix collaboration

Thank you to all who voted! Ocean Monk won an award at the prestigious St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF).

A collaboration with IndieFlix, the Festivals Online competition enabled film fans worldwide to view a selection of SLIFF shorts.

With an overwhelming response from people in over 50 nations, Ocean Monk took home the honors in the Short Documentary category.

Links to viewer comments are available here.


New York, New York – 11/03/10 – USA

St. Louis Film Festival

Help! Votes needed! OCEAN MONK is being screened online as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival. Usually judges determine the awards, but in this case -YOU WILL. If you want to watch a very mellow 20 minute surf movie about winter surfing in New York City, go to IndieFlix.

Jamaica, NY – 10/19/10 – USA

New York, New York – 09/26/10 – USA

On Demand Weekly Review

On Demand Weekly

ODW writes about programming On Demand, but every once in a while we’ll use this space to bring awareness to a worthy film not on VOD (yet). Directed by Sanjay Rawal, OCEAN MONK is a short film set to play at the NY Surf Film Festival at the following times and locations:

  • Friday, September 24th @ 7pm at Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street)
  • Sunday, September 26th @ 4:07pm at Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street)

Check www.oceanmonk.com to learn about future screenings.

OCEAN MONK follows a group a monks – all students of Sri Chinmoy, all a variety of ages – who find deep meditation and spirituality while surfing. This group of monks, who make their home in Queens, New York, use the beauty and power of nature… and the nearby beaches on Long Island … in the search for enlightenment.


This is a surprising and delightful short that isn’t so out of the ordinary as it first may seem. These monks are athletic – some of them top surfing athletes, who brave the waves, no matter what ocean, but here primarily the Atlantic, and who brave the temperatures. And it’s no surprise that at specific times of year, the Atlantic is very cold.

Directed by Sanjay Rawal, a former humanitarian aid consultant and produced by Mridanga Spencer, his will thrill surf enthusiasts and those interested in meditation and any kind of spirituality.

But in the end, you won’t be so surprised at how the two work so well together… maybe just that Sri Chinmoy was such a super surfer-dude himself. Beautifully shot – the waves are magnificent…the sound design and underscoring are by Parichayaka Hammerl .

This exquisite 20-minute documentary has been chosen to open the New York Surf Festival September 24th.
- Cynthia Kane