Project Post Mortem of KKK: The Fight for White Supremacy

I was fortunate enough to be approached by producer Sarah Foudy and director Dan Murdoch earlier this year about a truly unique project for the BBC. 

The project was entitled KKK: The Fight for White Supremacy and is available for viewing in the United Kingdom here.  No word yet on release timing in the United States, but I will update this post if I hear anything. 

The below is a quick general BBC 3 promo and it contains some footage from my project. 

My area of the production revolved around imbedding myself with two african american activists as they took part in the events at the South Carolina State House on July 18th, 2015.  

Tension were extremely high that day. On one side of the building a Black Panther rally had been scheduled and on the flip side a competing KKK rally had also been scheduled. 

With the help of camera operator, Rin Ehlers Sheldon, we spent the day following our two characters as they went head to head with white supremacists at the state house and participated in the destruction of a confederate flag. 

Gear: Both the Canon 1DC and Canon C100 were in play that day. The 1DC provided a low profile, but high resolution (4K internal) and the option of using Canon C-Log. It is also my very favorite DSLR to film with due to its form factor and simple easy of use. The C100 gave me built in ND filters (always handy in the hot noon sun of South Carolina) and XLR inputs that made capturing audio from the subjects on the fly much easier. I would take the image out of the 1DC any day, but the C100 is just more functional in fast moving situations. 

The crowd was extremely aggressive that day and Rin was elbowed in the ribs by a fast moving tactical police unit trying to break up the confederate flag destruction as it continued to escalate. There were several arrests made that day on both sides, but in general, the police were able to contain the escalating violence until both the KKK and Black panther rallies ended. 

This was a difficult filming situation, but I am very happy with the results that came off on-screen and KKK: The Fight for White Supremacy, in my slightly biased opinion, is a great first hand look at the race debate in the United States.