Plenty of 27-year olds grapple with internal doubts about their futures. Few, though, take harrowing leaps to resolve those fears. But in the case of Baltimore native Matthew VanDyke, the 20-something not only leapt across international borders to silence those internal battles, he went so far as to fight in another country’s war.
Point and Shoot is the result of VanDyke’s leaving his safe home for the voyage of a lifetime. Hoping to inspire others through film and yearning for adventure, Matthew climbed on the back of a motorcycle and trekked through Northern Africa and the Middle East. The solitary journey began as a quest for manhood. But the 35,000-mile trip brought on more than he could have ever imagined. After serving beside his Libyan friends in the country’s revolt against ruler Muammar Gaddafi, captivity was inevitable.
Talk about self-discovery! VanDyke’s adventure led him to some of the most extreme corners of the world in the midst of their darkest times. Upon returning home, VanDyke teamed up with Academy Award nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry to recreate the unfathomable journey. Curry molds the footage into a thought-provoking film, worthy of Tribeca Film Festival’s documentary Grand Jury Prize.
Soon, you’ll be able to catch this courageous tale thanks to The Orchard Film crew! They’ve gotten their hands on U.S. theatrical, physical and digital rights to the documentary so that you can see the remarkable story for yourself. Read more about the deal in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and the official press release, and watch the trailer below.