Finalist, Rory Peck Award for News Features

Orlando de Guzman and Zach Caldwell (Filipino and American)

Filmed in August 2017, USA

Charlottesville: Race and Terror

Commissioned and broadcast by VICE News Tonight on HBO

Orlando and Zach's film goes behind the scenes with white nationalist leaders, alt-righters, and neo-Nazis as they protest the removal of Confederate monuments and travel to Charlottesville, Virginia, to participate in the August 2017 “Unite the Right” rally. By Saturday evening three people were dead – a protester and two police officers – and many more injured. Shot over a 72 hour period, their footage includes the aftermath of the moment a white nationalist drove his car directly into a line of anti-fascist protesters, killing one. Despite the difficulties of filming - both journalists were attacked with pepper spray and projectiles during their shoot - the film was widely circulated on social media and viewed by millions. 
You can watch the full entry here.
Orlando is a Peabody Award winning Director of Photography and journalist who has worked for HBO's VICE News Tonight, Al Jazeera, BBC and PBS. He is the founder of ILAYA FILMS, a production company focused on producing cinematic current affairs documentaries.

Zach is a documentary and commercial Director of Photography who has shot for Goodwill Industries, Tribeca Film, ESPN and Red Bull, among others. He has received a Peabody Award, NAMIC Vision Award and a Scripps Howard Award for his work with VICE News. He has worked with VICE News Tonight since it’s beginning in 2016.


Judges Comments

“Although the film was driven by the events in Charlottesville, it showed real journalistic instinct to keep following the story over the weekend.  The chaos of their surroundings did not stop them from telling the story and speaking to all sides: neo-Nazi supporters, anti-fascist protesters, police. It’s a watershed piece of reportage. In 25 years, people will be using this film to refer back to these events."