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The American Filmmaker Who Became a Freedom Fighter in Libya

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Films

Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution

Point and Shoot

The Correspondent


Books

Between the Lines: How Libya and Syria Changed Conflict Reporting


What's New

4/19/14: Matthew VanDyke's new film "Point and Shoot" will premiere at Tribeca FIlm Festival in New York, NY. VanDyke will be at the premiere to answer audience questions after the screening of the film!

4/18/14: VanDyke's Syria film Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution was screened at the College Town Film Festival in State College, PA.

4/17/14: VanDyke's film about Syria Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution is now available with Persian subtitles.

4/15/14: VanDyke's documentary film about Syria Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution was mentioned as a winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short in an article at the Orlando Sentinel about the winners of the Florida Film Festival.

4/15/14: VanDyke's Syria documentary film Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution was mentioned as a winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short in an article at the Orlando Weekly about the winners of the 2014 Florida Film Festival.

4/15/14: VanDyke's documentary film about Syria Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution won the Grand Jury Award for the Best Documentary Short film at the Florida Film Festival (an Academy Award qualifying film festival)!

4/13/14: VanDyke's Syria film Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution will be shown at the Arizona International Film Festival in Tucson, Arizona.

4/13/14: VanDyke's film about Syria Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution was mentioned in an article at Maryland Film Beat about WAMMFest, along with two videos of Matthew VanDyke answering audience questions during a Q&A at the festival.

4/12/14: VanDyke's documentary film about the war in Syria Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution will be shown at the Lifetree Film Fest in Loveland, Colorado.

4/12/14: VanDyke's film about Syria Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution will be screened at the Athens International Film and Video Festival in Athens, Ohio.

4/10/14: Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution, VanDyke's documentary about Syria, will be shown at the Let's All Be Free Film Festival in London, England, UK.

4/10/14: VanDyke's documentary about Syria Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution was mentioned in an article at the Reporter-Herald about the Lifetree Film Fest.

4/9/14: VanDyke's Syria film Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution is now available with Japanese subtitles as "ノット・エニモア 〜 ある革命の物語"

4/9/14: VanDyke's film about Syria Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution won a "Manny" Award for Outstanding Film at the Take Two Film Festival awards ceremony in New York, NY!

4/9/14: VanDyke's Syria film Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution was screened at the Jan Długosz University in Częstochowa, Poland as part of Travelling Film Festival WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film

4/9/14: VanDyke's Syria documentary Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution will be shown at the Travelling Film Festival WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film in Cinema "Janosik," Żywiec, Poland.

4/9/14: VanDyke's Syria film Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution was mentioned as the grand prize winner in an article on the Judson University website about the Imago Film Festival.

4/9/14: VanDyke's documentary film about Syria Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution was mentioned in an article at Nisimasa about ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival's opening night.

4/8/14: Matthew VanDyke will be at the Take Two Film Festival in New York, NY to answer audience questions after the screening of his award-winning documentary film about Syria Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution.

4/8/14: The Academy-award qualifying film festival Florida Film Festival will show VanDyke's Syria film Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution (the second of two screenings at Florida Film Festival).

4/8/14: VanDyke's Syria documentary Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution will be shown at San Sebastian International Human Rights Film Festival in San Sebastián (Donostia), Spain.

4/7/14: Details about some of the content of VanDyke's book Between the Lines: How Libya and Syria Changed Conflict Reporting were released on the book's Facebook page.

4/7/14: Matthew VanDyke was a guest on Sun News Network on the show "Straight Talk with Adrienne Batra" to discuss the conflict in Syria and the presidential elections in Afghanistan. Host Adrienne Batra also mentioned VanDyke's book Between the Lines: How Libya and Syria Changed Conflict Reporting

4/7/14: Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution was mentioned on the Women-In-Film-In-Music blog about The European Independent Film Festival [ÉCU] 2014 award winners.

4/7/14: VanDyke's film Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution was mentioned in the editor's blog at FilmFestivals.com about the winners of the ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival.

4/7/14: VanDyke's documentary film about Syria Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution won the Best Non-European Independent Documentary Award at ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival in Paris, France.

4/7/14: VanDyke's documentary Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution will be screened at Travelling Film Festival WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film in Torun, Poland.

4/7/14: Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution will be shown at Travelling Film Festival WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film in Tarnowskie Góry, Poland.

4/6/14: VanDyke's Syria documentary film Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution won the Grand Prize at Imago Film Festival (the highest award at the festival)!

4/6/14: VanDyke's film about Syria Not Anymore: A Story of Revolutionwon the Best Short Documentary Award at Crossroads Film Festival.

4/6/14: VanDyke's Syria film Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution won the Best Documentary Short Award at Silver Springs International Film Festival

4/5/14: VanDyke's documentary film about Syria Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution was screened at the Academy-award qualifying film festival Florida Film Festival (the first of two screenings at Florida Film Festival).

4/5/14: VanDyke's Syria film Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution was shown at Crossroads Film Festival in Madison, MS.

4/5/14: Chris Crespo's excellent review of Matthew VanDyke's film about Syria Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution

4/4/14: VanDyke's documentary film about Syria Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution won two awards at WAMMFest (Women and Minorities in Media Festival), the Professional Documentary 1st Place Award and the Audience Choice Award.

4/4/14: The Syria film Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution was mentioned in a Film Industry Network article about the opening night ceremony of the ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival.

4/4/14: Matthew VanDyke's award-winning film about Syria Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution will be screened at ÉCU (The European Independent Film Festival) in Paris, France.

4/4/14: Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution, the film about Syria, was mentioned in an article at Ocala.com about the Silver Springs International Film Festival.

4/4/14: Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution (VanDyke's Syria film) was screened at the Silver Springs International Film Festival in Ocala, Florida.

4/4/14: Director Matthew VanDyke will be at WAMM (Women and Minorities in Media Festival) in Towson, MD to answer audience questions after a screening of his film about Syria Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution.

4/3/14: Matthew VanDyke announces the future release of his book Between the Lines: How Libya and Syria Changed Conflict Reporting on World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2014.

4/3/14: VanDyke's Syria documentary film Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution was mentioned in an article at Cinefilos about Al via L’ÉCU, Il Festival Europeo del Cinema Indipendente.

4/2/14: A version of VanDyke's documentary film about Syria Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution with Spanish subtitles released as Ya No: Una Historia de Revolución

4/2/14: VanDyke's Syria film Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution was screened at the Encuentro Hispanoamericano de Cine y Video Documental Independiente: Contra el Silencio todas las Voces film festival in Mexico City, Mexico.

4/2/14: Joe Bendel's excellent review of VanDyke's documentary film about Syria Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution was published at the Epoch Times.

4/2/14: Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution was mentioned in a post at The Purple & White about the Crossroads Film Festival.

4/1/14: An article at Mexico news site El Popular that mentions VanDyke's film Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution

4/1/14: A Film4Life article about ÉCU (The European Independent Film Festival) that mentions VanDyke's documentary about Syria Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution - "ÉCU 2014: il cinema indie a Parigi dal 4 al 6 Aprile"

   

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A new film about Matthew VanDyke, Point and Shoot, will premiere at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 19!


Between the Lines: How Libya and Syria Changed Conflict Reporting, VanDyke's book, will be released on World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2014.


Matthew VanDyke's documentary film about the conflict in Syria, Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution, has won 41 awards, has been screened in over 100 film festivals in nearly 20 countries, and has been seen by millions on television.

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Award-Winning Freedom Fighter Blog

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   The Freedom Fighter Blog contains personal accounts of VanDyke's ongoing mission to combat authoritarianism, and analysis and commentary of current events surrounding the struggle for freedom worldwide.

The Freedom Fighter Blog won the 2012 Defence IQ Blogging Award in the Counter Terrorism category.

What the Defence IQ panel of judges said about The Freedom Fighter Blog:

"Everything a blog should be: informative, interesting, well written, thoughtful and occasionally provocative. VanDyke declared “the 21st century is the century of freedom” – he’s fighting for it with both pen and sword."

Matthew VanDyke also writes for The Huffington Post

Blog Postings

 

3/3/14 - The Russian Invasion of Ukraine

 

12/30/13 - The 2012 Benghazi Attack

 

11/18/13 - The Syrian Electronic Army Hacked My Accounts

 

11/5/13 - Review of Roll Hard by Robert Young Pelton and Billy Tucci

 

10/18/13 - I Saw The Horrors of War at Dar al-Shifa Hospital in Syria

 

10/11/13 - The Controversy Surrounding the Syria Film “Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution” at the Arpa International Film Festival

 

8/12/13 - What Is the UK Sending to Rebels in Syria? You Might Be Surprised

 

7/6/13 - In Egypt, Have the People Overthrown Themselves? [The Huffington Post]

 

1/8/13 - The Long, Hard Slog That Is Syria [The Huffington Post]

 

8/24/12 - Escape from Abu Salim Prison

 

8/8/12 - After Aleppo [The Huffington Post]

 

7/20/12 - Why Islamists Lost in Libya and Why Nobody Should Be Surprised [The Huffington Post]

 

7/10/12 - Report on My June 2012 Trip to Libya

 

7/3/12 - The Freedom Fighter Blog Won a 2012 Defence IQ Blogging Award

 

6/13/12 - Have the U.S. and Europe Helped Arm and Empower Islamist Militants in Syria?

 

6/5/12 - The Wonderful Disaster That Is Egypt's Presidential Election [The Huffington Post]

5/29/12 - The Houla Massacre in Syria Is Just the Beginning

5/17/12 - Russian and Chinese Arms Sales to Authoritarian Regimes - Part 2 (China)

5/8/12 - Russian and Chinese Arms Sales to Authoritarian Regimes - Part 1 (Russia)

 

5/1/12 - How Osama bin Laden Changed My Life [The Huffington Post]

 

4/25/12 - Mali, Sudan, and Ethnic Conflict in Northern Africa

4/17/12 - How to Run a Revolution: The Success of Libya and the Failures of Syria [The Huffington Post]

 

4/10/12 - The Failure of the United Nations in Syria

 

4/2/2012 - Why Islamists Winning Elections Is Good for Democracy and the War on Terrorism [The Huffington Post]

 

3/28/2012 - The Tuareg Rebellion in Mali

3/21/2012 - The Founding Fathers, The Declaration of Independence, and The Arab Spring

 

3/13/2012 - Gaddafi's Prisoner - Reflections on My Time as a POW in the Libyan Civil War

 

3/8/2012 - Only Regime Change Will End Iran's Nuclear Program


3/1/2012 - The Arab Spring and the Democratic Domino Theory


2/24/2012 - The Syria Game

 

2/17/2012 - Why I Fought in the Libyan Civil War