Director Marshall Curry’s Point and Shoot (pictured) won the Best Documentary Feature prize at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.
The Oscar-nominated docmaker’s film tells the story of Matthew VanDyke, a Baltimore man who went to Libya to join the rebel fight against Gaddafi. Using hundreds of hours of footage shot by VanDyke, Curry created “an unsettlingly ambivalent and often darkly amusing portrait of a generation hell-bent on documenting itself,” the jury said in a statement.
Point and Shoot was among 12 documentaries competing in the 13th annual festival’s World Documentary Competition category.
Nancy Kates’ Regarding Susan Sontag received a special jury mention and Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden’s Ne Me Quitte Pas – a film about two Belgian boozers – won the Best Documentary Editing award.
Australian director Alan Hicks picked up the Best New Documentary Director award for Keep On Keepin’ On, which charts four years in the lives of jazz-legend Clark Terry and blind piano prodigy Justin Kaulflin.
“This director’s work was not loud, did not call attention to itself, it displayed no excess,” the jury said in a statement. “The filmmaking showed incredible focus, artistry, love and dedication. It told one simple story and told it well.”
The Best Documentary Short award went to Brian Bolster for One Year Lease and the Bombay Sapphire Award for Transmedia was given to Jonathan Minard and James George’s interactive doc Clouds. Erin Sanger’s doc short, The Next Part, received a special jury mention.
The winners were announced in New York City on Thursday night (April 24). The festival continues to Sunday, and the audience award winners will be announced on Saturday (April 26).