The Orchard nabs Curry’s “Point and Shoot”

Indie distributor The Orchard has acquired U.S. theatrical, physical and digital rights to Marshall Curry's Tribeca-winning war doc Point and Shoot (pictured).
August 6, 2014

Indie distributor The Orchard has acquired U.S. theatrical, physical and digital rights to Marshall Curry’s war documentary Point and Shoot (pictured).

The film, which premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival – where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary – chronicles the journey of Matthew VanDyke, a 27-year-old who leaves his home in Baltimore to journey through the Middle East.

VanDyke’s travels take him to Libya, where he makes friends with rebel fighters and joins them in their battle against Muammar Gaddafi, filming himself ‘selfie’-style as he becomes a part of the revolution.

The Orchard will release the doc theatrically in U.S. markets this fall and on digital platforms early next year. The deal was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo for The Orchard and by The Film Sales Company’s president Andrew Herwitz on behalf of the filmmaker.

U.S. pubcaster PBS has American TV rights for the film, via doc strand ‘POV’, and British pubcaster the BBC has UK TV rights, via BBC4 strand ‘Storyville.’

“From our first conversations, I could tell that the team at The Orchard really understood and was passionate about Point and Shoot,” said Curry in a statement. “In their recent releases and acquisitions they have shown a special commitment to non-fiction films, and I’m thrilled to be working with them on getting this movie out into the world.”

Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s senior VP of film and TV, added: “Point and Shoot is an outstanding film – an exciting, surprising movie that asks piercing questions about war, filmmaking, and self-discovery.

“Marshall Curry continues his trend of crafting films that are both entertaining and thoughtful and we are proud to be involved in distributing his latest.”

Curry’s previous docs include Street Fight and If a Tree Falls, both of which were nominated for Academy Awards.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.