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Point and Shoot

With a gun in one hand and a camera in the other, 28-year-old OCD-afflicted Matthew VanDyke set off on a 35,000-mile motorcycle trip through Northern Africa and the Middle East, where he undergoes a self-described “crash-course in manhood.”

Director: Marshall Curry
Year: 2014
Time: 83 min

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Related Articles and Resources

Why Marshall Curry’s ‘Point and Shoot’ Is Due For a Hollywood Remake

“…the comparison that kept barging its way into my mind was with Darren Aronofsky. No, the two filmmakers have nothing in common stylistically; one works in fiction, the other in non; one makes $150-million biblical epics while the other performs miracles with public television money. But the thing they share — the engine of their filmmaking, in fact — is an obsession with obsession.”

Read the full review here.

BYOD: Bring Your Own Doc Interview with Ondi Timoner

Watch this in-depth interview with filmmaker Marshall Curry and star Matthew VanDyke, who never fails to surprise us, or the documentary filmmaker interviewing him!

On Fighting in the Middle East and Directing POINT AND SHOOT

Read the full interview on Vulture.


Our Spotlight on Point and Shoot,

Matthew VanDyke: Filmmaker/Fighter

“More irritating to the media is a Heminwayesque self-promotional approach to documenting and participating in conflict…In the modern world of love-hate relationships between journalists and their subjects, he may be the most valid, embarrassing and intelligent litmus test of moral purpose in modern conflict coverage.”

Read this fascinating article profiling Matthew before the film.

Social Media’s Dual-Edged Sword: Narcissism vs. Self-Esteem

Matthew Van Dyke projects a very specific image of himself on camera- yet don’t we all do this to some extent on social media? Read more about this phenomenon here.

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Tensions have run high in Libya since the revolution in 2011. Stay up to date on what’s what is happening in the region here.

Citizen Journalism is Reshaping the World

VanDyke pushes the limits of citizen participation, yet the role of citizen journalism dramatically important in our changing world.

This TEDx Talk with Brian Conley, the director of Small World News who has been involved in media literacy and media democracy work for more than ten years and has trained journalists and citizen media makers in a dozen countries, explains the importance of this practice.


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