Tashi And The Monk
(40 min) Bhutan/India/Nepal/Tibet
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Thursday 10/22, 7:00 PM (Session 17)

Director: Andrew Hinton, Johnny Burke
Producer: Andrew Hinton

On a remote mountaintop a brave social experiment is taking place. Buddhist monk Lobsang was trained under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, but eight years ago he left behind a life as a spiritual teacher in the United States to create a unique community in the foothills of the Himalayas which rescues orphaned and neglected children. A troubled 5-year-old girl joins the community and stretches the limits of its capacity for healing. Can the community’s love and compassion transform Tashi’s alienation and tantrums into a capacity to make her first real friend?

Andrew Hinton received a masters degree in media production and watched a lot of films, spent time in galleries getting excited about video art, and made a short experimental documentary about absinthe in Barcelona. He got a break on Pawel Pawlikowski's Last Resort, a BBC drama built of documentary aesthetics and techniques. One of them was Marc Isaacs who employed Andrew as assistant producer on his documentary debut Lift, which went on to win a multitude of awards at festivals around the world and screen on Channel 4 TV in the UK. He spent eighteen days living on an Indian train to document the Jagriti Yatra and met a paperboy in Jamshedpur who he followed for a day, creating a short film which won the Vimeo Documentary Award.  He also worked with an NGO to make a film about hand washing which won a YouTube Award and has been viewed over 350,000 times.

Johnny Burke learned his craft at Cinecontact Productions under the guidance of renowned observational filmmakers such as Sean McAllister and Kim Longinotto. Johnny spent the next ten years editing documentary films for broadcast (Boys From Baghdad High, winner Amnesty International Award; The Yes Men Fix the World, winner Berlin Audience Award Best Documentary). In 2009 he began to broaden his skills into producing (Channel 4 News extended news feature into Syria, and award-winning feature documentary Japan: A Story of Love and Hate, BBC Storyville), and directing his own short and mid-length films (Suicide Bridge, The World Naked Bike Ride). Tashi and the Monk has won a number of prizes, including the Pare Lorentz and Best Short awards at the International Documentary Association Awards in Los Angeles in December 2014.

Contact Information:
e: pilgrimfilms@me.com
w: www.tashiandthemonk.com

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