Dakota Midday: 'Point and Shoot'

Aug 20, 2015

Nine years ago, Baltimore-native Matthew VanDyke bought a motorcycle and a video camera and traveled across North Africa and the Middle East. It was what he described as a “crash course in manhood.” During the trip, he struck up a friendship with a Libyan man named Nuri. When revolution broke out in his new friend’s country, VanDyke joined the rebel fighters and documented the war against Muammar Gadhafi. He had a gun in one hand and a camera in the other. He was captured by Gadhafi's forces and spent more than five months in solitary confinement.

VanDyke’s story is the subject of filmmaker Marshall Curry’s documentary, Point and Shoot. Curry is a two-time Academy award nominated documentary filmmaker. His films include Racing Dream and If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front. Point and Shoot was released in 2014 and was awarded Best Documentary Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival. It airs Monday, August 24 on SDPB1-TV at 9 pm, CT; 8 pm, MT as a part of the PBS POV series. Marshall Curry joined Dakota Midday and discussed the documentary.