Tonight’s movie shown by the Arthouse Film Festival was Point and Shoot, winner of the TriBeCa film festival this year. PaS is a documentary about a guy, Matt VanDyke, who has been living a sheltered sort of life, longing to become a man and do something with his life. He decides to travel to have a “crash course in manhood”, and buys a motorcycle and a video camera, and sets off. His goes many places in North Africa and the Middle East, but his story really takes off after he decides to help out his Libyan friend, a pacifist, who’s joined in the Libyan revolution against Gaddafi. That alone is an interesting story, but this documentary, edited and produced by Marshall Curry, has an interesting take on the concept of documenting one’s life that sets it apart from other coming of age films and documentaries.
Point and Shoot opens this Friday in NYC, at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema, L.A. in November, and later, elsewhere. If you’re interested in documentaries, you need to add this to your list!