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Who is Alex Holder? Trump documentary filmmaker hands over Jan 6 footage

Alexandra Ciufudean June 22, 2022
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On Tuesday, day four of the January 6 hearings dropped a bombshell when the committee subpoenaed documentary producer Alex Holder to obtain exclusive footage from inside the Donald Trump re-election campaign in the weeks leading up to the Capitol riot.

British documentary producer and filmmaker Alex Holder says the footage includes never-before-seen images from the 6 January incident.

Several senior Trump officials, including those working for his re-election, said they were unaware a documentary was being filmed about them and their work.

According to Politico, Holder and his documentary team were filming on the Trump 2020 campaign trail. Over weeks of work, they gained backstage access to rallies and other events, interviews with Donald Trump’s adult children and with vie-president Mike Pence in the weeks leading up to 6 January.

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Who is documentary filmmaker Alex Holder?

Alex Holder is an LA-based British filmmaker, documentarian and producer. He’s the founder of AJH Media Group, based in Los Angeles and London, which houses two production outfits: AJH Films and Rogo Productions.

In May 2010, Holder founded AJH Films, which houses his high-profile access and investigative documentaries. Alex Holder’s documentary work includes 2016 Tribeca Film Festival darling Keep Quiet, the Palestine war series Conflict Of Interest and the upcoming Trump documentary, Unprecedented.

Keep Quiet tells the story of Csanád Szeged, an anti-semitic, far-right Hungarian radical who was forced to resign from his role in the country’s conservative Jobbik Party after discovering his own Jewish heritage.

Holder’s other endeavour, Rogo Productions, is an indie project focused on multi-part unscripted shows. In 2021, the company took on a series following the antics of British bassline collective Bad Boy Chiller Crew. With the tagline “on tour and uncensored” it aired on comedy and entertainment channel iTV2.

In 2020, Holder was shooting a three-part documentary about Trump’s re-election efforts. His main motivation was he “wanted to better understand who the Trumps were and what motivated them to hold on to power so desperately,” according to a statement released on Tuesday.

January 6 committee subpoenaed Holder to get Trump 2020 footage

By subpoenaing Holder, the January 6 select committee hopes to gain access to never-before-seen footage. The clips are from within the White House and might help with the investigation. The footage includes interviews with Trump, his family and vice-president Mike Pence. The interviews took place in the six weeks leading up to the Capitol riot, and could provide new information.

Additionally, Politico reports, the committee hopes to obtain “raw footage from Jan 6” and footage “pertaining to discussions of election fraud or election integrity surrounding the November 2020 presidential election”.

Alex Holder and his company AJH Films released a statement on Tuesday indicating they will comply with the subpoena.

It says Holder “was not compensated in any way by the former president, his family, or staff” for the documentary.

Read more of Holder’s statement below:

Will Alex Holder testify in the January 6 committee’s public hearings? That’s unclear. However, we learned Holder will be deposed by the committee this Thursday (23 June).

It’s possible the televised hearings may display some of Holder’s footage, notes Rolling Stone.

Trump team surprised by footage

Tuesday marked day four of the public committee’s hearings. It mainly focused on accusations the former president and allies attempted to pressure Arizona and Georgia officials into denying his loss in the 2020 election. When Alex Holder’s documentary footage was mentioned, the news seem to surprise Trump and his team.

Even more surprising was the filmmaker’s co-operation, Rolling Stone reports. After seeing the news, a former top Trump official messaged the publication: “What the f– is this?”

According to Rolling Stone, another former official, on hearing of Holder’s documentary, simply said “bad idea”.

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Where can you watch Alex Holder’s 2022 documentary, Unprecedented?

Holder mentions in his statement that his documentary, Unprecedented, was bought last year by a “major streaming service”. Its release date is set for some time in summer 2022, as a three-part series.

It’s explained that “due to the sale of the footage, Holder did not previously have the legal authority to release the material or publicly discuss the project”.

So far, your best bet for seeing Unprecedented is to tune into the January 6 hearings. Some of the footage is likely to be displayed as evidence.

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Alexandra is Head of Entertainment at The Focus, managing a growing team of outstanding graduate and experienced writers. She has worked previously as an editor, writer and content specialist across web, video and social platforms and has a bachelor's in English Linguistics and a master's in Comparative Literature.