When it comes to documentary filmmaking, traditionally it’s the documentary filmmaker who approaches a subject and proposes the possibility of making a film — not the other way around.
In the case of “Point and Shoot,” however, subject Matthew VanDyke explicitly sought out an Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker.
“As he explained [to me], he went through the list of Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmakers and so, was like, okay this guy got two, I guess I’ll give him a call,” said director Marshall Curry during a Q&A moderated by Indiewire Editor-in-Chief and General Manager Dana Harris.
“Point and Shoot” chronicles VanDyke’s 35,000 mile motorcycle journey across a large portion of the Arab world, along with his experiences fighting against the government of Muammar Gaddafi. Aside from when he was placed in a Libyan prison, VanDyke carried a camera with him and meticulously documented each and every event.
Check out clips from the Q&A that followed the International Documentary Association screening of “Point and Shoot,” in which Curry not only discusses specifics related to his collaboration with VanDyke, but also addresses larger, ideological concerns about filming in-real-time.