Point and Shoot, the documentary that looks at Matthew VanDyke and his participation in the Libyan revolution, is featured on BYOD. The unusual journey that brought him there from a safe American existence, the hardships he witnessed and shockwaves he recorded are all discussed with VanDyke and director Marshall Curry. Featuring clips with the uncensored interview, we bring the movie direct from its 2014 Tribeca premiere, on the world’s only all doc talk show.
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POINT AND SHOOT – In 2011, unassuming Matthew VanDyke left his home in Baltimore to find adventure and see the world on his motorcycle, only to end up joining the Libyan rebel army to take arms against Gaddafi. Gun in one hand, video camera in the other, Matthew finally finds purpose and meaning in his wanderlust, until he is captured and held in solitary confinement for six months and must decide where his allegiances really lie. Director and TFF award winner, Marshall Curry (Racing Dreams), captures one man’s arresting transformation from a sheltered kid to a soldier on the front lines.
Marshall Curry is the director of STREET FIGHT, RACING DREAMS, IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT, and executive producer of MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS.
Curry has been selected by Filmmaker Magazine as one of “25 New Faces of Independent Film”. He was awarded the International Documentary Association (IDA) Jacqueline Donnet Filmmaker Award and has received the International Trailblazer Award at MIPDOC in Cannes.
All three of Curry’s films have been a part of the American Documentary Showcase, a program sponsored by the U.S. State Department to share the art and practice of documentary filmmaking with the international community. As part of the Showcase, he has traveled to Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, and Ukraine to lead classes and discussions about documentary filmmaking.
Matthew VanDyke is an American documentary filmmaker, filibuster and former journalist. He gained notoriety during the Libyan civil war as a foreign fighter on the side of the uprising and as a prisoner of war.
As a journalist and documentary filmmaker, VanDyke traveled throughout North Africa and the Middle Eastby motorcycle from 2007–2011. His experiences and observations during these four years led him to join the Libyan civil war as a rebel fighter. VanDyke has publicly announced his support of revolutions in the Arab world, and stated his intention to assist them using a variety of means, including participating as an armed combatant.
00:01 Welcoming Matthew VanDyke and Marshall Curry of POINT AND SHOOT.
00:58 The decision to make the movie.
03:17 Matthew giving voice to the film; “stepping out of the confines of your life.”
07:00 Evolving beyond terror and fear.
08:57 POINT AND SHOOT, Clip: animation.
11:10 How to edit hundreds of hours down and side effects of imprisonment.
13:40 Being part of the Libyan revolution.
17:35 Marshall and the Tribeca Film Fest.
19:24 POINT AND SHOOT, Clip.