“A gripping nonfiction thriller. Riveting . . . suspenseful . . . an extraordinary and quietly disturbing film.”
—David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

Point and Shoot premieres Monday, August 24, 2015, at 10 PM on PBS stations.

Matt VanDyke was a recent grad with a love of video games and action movies when he decided to embark on a “crash course in manhood.” With a motorcycle and a video camera, he set off on a life-changing 35,000-mile odyssey across North Africa and the Middle East that led to his participation in the 2011 Libyan revolution against Muammar Gaddafi and six-month imprisonment in Libya.

As VanDyke worked to reshape himself, he also helped create a stunning portrait of how the ever-present cameras in our “selfie society” not only record our lives, but also craft who we become.

“My mother says that as a child I always had a deep desire for adventure,” filmmaker VanDyke says early in the film. Yet his early experiences were almost entirely virtual. “Movies shaped a lot of who I was,” he explains, adding that he would sometimes spend 12 hours a day playing video games. “I was the only child of an only child of an only child. I lived at home in the basement throughout college. I didn’t have many friends.” He developed severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, which made him intensely anxious around trashcans and sugar and left him unable to drive a car for fear of causing an accident.

Visit the POV companion site for Point and Shoot to watch the full film online for free for a limited time following the broadcast (starting August 25, 2015), find out what’s happened since the cameras stopped rolling, and download a discussion guide and other viewing resources. Share your thoughts and ask questions by using the hashtag #PointandShoot.

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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.