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DDocumentary Competition

Point and Shoot

Point and Shoot

Director: Marshall Curry
USA | English
2014 | 82min.
Subtitles: Arabic
Format: DCP
Theme: A , L
15+
From two-time Academy Award–nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry comes Point and Shoot, the story of 27-year-old Matthew VanDyke, a young man with an acute case of obsessive-compulsive disorder, on a self-described “crash course in manhood.' Raised by his mother and grandparents in Baltimore, Matthew was a reserved kid and a video game fanatic. As a young man, he decides it’s time to teach himself how to be a man. He buys a video camera and motorcycle and sets off on a three-year, 35,000-mile trip through Northern Africa and the Middle East. While traveling throughout the Middle East, he meets and strikes up a friendship with Nuri, a peace-loving young Libyan man, and they become travel companions. When the war in Libya breaks out, Matthew decides to join his friend in the fight against Gaddafi. Armed with his video camera in one hand and a gun in the other, Matthew fought in and filmed the war until he was captured by Gaddafi forces and held in solitary confinement for six months. Carefully weaving the extraordinary footage that Matthew shot with the interviews that Curry conducted with Matthew, Point and Shoot paints a deeply complex portrait of how one man manages to construct and recreate his own identity with a video camera, motorcycle and machine gun. —Jim Browne

Director,  Marshall Curry

Director,  Marshall Curry

Marshall Curry got his start directing, shooting and editing with Street Fight (2005), which was nominated for an Emmy and an Academy Award. His next film, Racing Dreams (2009), won Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival. Curry’s third documentary, If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, was also nominated for an Academy Award. Point and Shoot won Best Documentary at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Curry is based in Brooklyn.

Cast and Crew

Director
Marshall Curry
Production Company
ITVS, Marshall Curry Productions
Sales Contact
The Film Sales Company
Music
James Baxter
Producer
Marshall Curry, Elizabeth Martin, Matthew VanDyke
Screenwriter
Marshall Curry
Editor
Marshall Curry
Cinematographer
Matthew VanDyke, Alan Jacobsen
Sound
Al Nelson
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