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Point and Shoot

Director: Marshall Curry Run Time: 83 min. Format: Digital Rating: R Release Year: 2014

Starring: Matthew VanDyke

Nitehawk Cinema & Tribeca Film Institute Summer Documentary Series present the winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, POINT AND SHOOT.

Q&A following the screening with Director Marshall Curry via Skype and Matthew VanDyke in person, moderated by Beth Janson (Executive Director, Tribeca Film Institute). Introduction by Max Cavanaugh (Technical Director/Programmer, Nitehawk Cinema).

Winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, POINT AND SHOOT follows Matt VanDyke, a timid 27-year-old with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, who left home in Baltimore in 2006 and set off on a self-described “crash course in manhood”. He bought a motorcycle and a video camera and began a three-year, 35,000-mile motorcycle trip through Northern Africa and the Middle East.

While traveling, he struck up an unlikely friendship with a Libyan hippie, and when revolution broke out in Libya, Matt joined his friend in the fight against dictator Muammar Gaddafi.  With a gun in one hand and a camera in the other, Matt fought in — and filmed — the war until he was captured by Gaddafi forces and held in solitary confinement for six months. Two-time Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker Marshall Curry tells this harrowing and sometimes humorous story of a young man’s struggle for political revolution and personal transformation.

Point and Shoot screens as part of a new initiative by Tribeca Film Institute and Nitehawk Cinema that presents a curated series of documentaries from the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. More information can be found here.