As a documentary filmmaker, Nick Quested has made a career out of telling other people’s stories—many of them in dire circumstances. Over the years he has made films about soldiers under fire in Afghanistan and the inner workings of a Mexican drug cartel.
But on Thursday night, when he appears before the Jan. 6 committee, Mr. Quested, 52, will tell part of his own story as he is called upon to share where he went and what he saw when he became embedded with the far-right group. the Proud Boys before and during the Capitol attack.
The testimony of Mr. Quested will begin with a brief opening statement, according to a person familiar with the matter, and will include several video clips filmed as he moved through the Capitol breach with the Proud Boys from the early morning of January 6, 2021.
Mr Quested was also on hand with a camera the day before the riots, when former Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio met Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the Oath Keepers militia, in an underground parking garage near the Capitol. . (Both men have been charged with seditious conspiracy in the attack.)
mr. Quested began spending time with the Proud Boys after the election as part of a project designed to explore the increasing polarization and extremism in American politics. He is also likely to testify about the actions of the Proud Boys at two pro-Trump rallies in Washington prior to January 6: one on November 14, 2020 and the other a month later on December 12.