Who Green-lit the NatGeo Backed “Insurrection” Documentary Film Leading Up To January 6?
Politico reported in March of this year that a documentary film crew from Goldcrest Films International handed over a “trove” of footage to the January 6 Committee. The film crew is reported to have “obtained key footage while filming outside the Capitol on Jan. 6". Reuters reported in February that this film crew, mentioned at the time as “Saboteur Media”, was present during a meeting between then-Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and Oath Keepers Founder Stewart Rhodes on the eve of January 6 in a parking garage near the Phoenix Park Hotel in Downtown Washington, D.C.
Saboteur Media is "a fully integrated film entertainment company that is part of the Goldcrest family", according to their website. Executive Director & Owner of Goldcrest Films is an individual named Nick Quested who was filming the Proud Boys and events at the Capitol on January 6.
According to the Affidavit attachment (Pg. 4) for the Criminal Complaint in United States v. Vuksanaj, Nick Quested was "producing a documentary for the National Geographic Channel from inside the Capitol building on January 6" and just HAPPENED to be in a position to capture the events of that day...
...so in the Vuksanaj case, Quested’s footage is used as a means of evidence against the defendant, and Quested’s presence inside the Capitol appears to be justified, which makes sense if Quested was filming for noncommercial/journalistic purposes.
However, the DOJ says that Quested was producing a film for the National Geographic Channel. National Geographic Channel is a for-profit, commercial entity—meaning films backed by National Geographic Channel are “commercial films”, and According to the United States Capitol Police Guidelines for Conducting an Event on U.S. Capitol Grounds, “Commercial filming/photography is only allowed in specified areas of Capitol Grounds and must be preceded by submission of an application for a permit to engage in commercial filming...”
IF Quested went through the process of obtaining a permit from the U.S. Capitol Police to film inside the Capitol Building while producing this film for National Geographic Channel, which apparently involves trailing the Proud Boys, AND if even with a permit, commercial filming is “only allowed in specified areas of Capitol Grounds”, was there prior knowledge that Quested would need to film from inside the Capitol Building since his commercial film activities from inside the Capitol Building—as stated in the DOJ affidavit—are apparently justified?
On January 6, Quested is seen on Constitution Ave. near some food trucks before walking with the Proud Boys to the Capitol.
Next, we see Quested at the front of the barricades which would soon become the scene of the first breach.
This individual with the large camera appears to be perfectly positioned to capture the first breach shortly before it unfolds.
It’s unclear whether this individual is associated with Quested, but they are both seen filming and walking with the Proud Boys to the Capitol.
As the first breach unfolds, Quested’s hand is gripped around the top of the barricade and his arm appears to be locked out in front of him as if he is possibly pushing the barricade. Then it appears Quested pulls the barricade with him and away from its intended placement, which whether intentional or not, appears to aid in further removal of the barricade.
Shortly after the first breach, Quested is seen on the West side of the Capitol—once again at the front of the action while also wearing a gas mask—so it appears he came prepared.
Now back to the eve of January 6—here, we have Quested or “the documentary film crew working on the Proud Boys report” and who drove then-Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio to the underground parking garage meetup, picking Tarrio up from the jail on January 5th.
In the days and weeks following January 6, Quested took to his Instagram followers, posting clips of footage and photos, and described his thoughts and experience from that day. One of his followers commented, “Hope that footage has some faces on it for the FBI.” Quested responded, “They are very aware”.
Another commented, “Tag the FBI so they scan the slow mo and lock some asses up”. Quested responded, “They all going to jail anyway”.
Quested responded to another commenter, “It is unbelievable. The only masks people wore were gas masks”. Ironically, the only mask Quested appears to have worn that day, too, was a gas mask.
Another commenter said, “I wonder why the government has done absolutely nothing? Why aren’t they knocking on Trump’s door and taking him away in a police car?” Quested’s response, “They’re coming”.
Additional responses from Quested to his commenters include “white supremacy is their primary goal”, referring to those who were present at the Capitol on January 6, and described them as people “who’ve never had jobs” and as “a delusional mob fed on the lies of a president who are desperate to maintain white supremacy”.
And now we have this same film crew providing this apparent “trove” of footage for the January 6 Committee after the DOJ’s already extensive use of it to build cases against defendants.
See the Affidavit in support of the Criminal Complaint filed in United States v. Hand and United States v. Robinson-Hand:
“On January 6, 2021, Goldcrest Films International Ltd captured footage of a mob gathering outside of the north west side of the Capitol…”
“This footage was provided the the FBI…”
The Guardian reported in April of this year that the January 6 Committee has “now heard testimony from award-winning documentary film-maker Nick Quested”, and that the information “could play a large role in establishing for the select committee whether Trump oversaw a criminal conspiracy…”
And of course Quested’s “insurrection” themed documentary film is targeted for release this Fall, according to CNN’s report.
Just in time for the midterm elections.