Point and Shoot

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Thrilling and thought-provoking, Point and Shoot captures one man's fascinating -- if troublingly narcissistic -- "crash course in manhood."



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Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, Point and Shoot chronicles the journey of Matthew VanDyke, a timid 27-year-old who leaves his home in Baltimore and sets off on a self-described "crash course in manhood" through the Middle East. The film begins in 2007, when VanDyke, armed with a video camera, embarks on a 35,000-mile motorcycle trip through Northern Africa and the Middle East. While traveling, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a Libyan hippie, and when revolution breaks out in Libya, Matt joins his friend in the fight against dictator Muammar Gaddafi. With a gun in one hand and a camera in the other, Matt fights in -- and films -- the war until he is captured by Gaddafi forces and held in solitary confinement for six months. Two-time Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker Marshall Curry (Street Fight, If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front) tells this harrowing and sometimes humorous story of a young man's struggle for political revolution and personal transformation. (C) The Orchard

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Critic Reviews for Point and Shoot

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  • VanDyke likes dressing up in military fatigues and playing with guns, to no useful effect other than filming it all in one long selfie on his camera.

    Jan 15, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • It isn't convincing.

    Jan 15, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film dismayingly replicates VanDyke's blithe US-centric world view

    Jan 12, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • In addition to being a knotty psychological portrait, this raises some tough questions about America's presence in the Middle East and the influence of social media on contemporary politics.

    Dec 11, 2014 | Full Review…
  • For better or worse, this is an affluent American's view of the world, and in the post-mortem interview segments, director Marshall Curry does little to broaden the conversation.

    Dec 11, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Point and Shoot is as much about the collective movement toward Me-ism as it is about VanDyke's assiduously self-crafted journey. Either way, it makes for a great story.

    Dec 5, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Point and Shoot

  • Nov 20, 2014
    The strange tale of a man who wanders into the Middle East and becomes engaged in battle during the liberation of Libya. An unusual gentleman with an unbelievable tale.
    John B Super Reviewer

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