Alt Gobo's Peter Roof wins silver Peer Award

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A short segment about a participant in a demolition derby won a silver prize in a regional contest. The story is about amateur driver John Guazzo, who followed his childhood dream to crash a car in a race to be the last one running. The program follows his final preparation and running the race.

The segment is a story produced, shot, and edited by Peter Roof. A few years ago he learned that Guazzo was preparing to enter the derby. Guazzo is a helicopter pilot and currently flies for Children’s Hospital in Washington, DC. Roof flew with him starting in late 1990s when they were in “SkyFox,” the news helicopter for the local station, WTTG-TV Channel 5. That was Roof’s early experience operating aerial camera systems.

Roof is always on the lookout for stories to capture on video and add to his library he shares with anyone on the internet. What he looks for are profiles and portraits of people, issues, events, and places that reflect the unique character of the community. Key topics are a little off the mainstream, not immediate, and not necessarily popular. Stories are told participants’ own words and most are shot within a day. “When John told me he was going to race in the derby I knew I had to capture it,” recalled Roof. “I knew that I wanted to see his enthusiastic effort into something neither of us had done or seen. I also knew that this will be great material for an excellent story.”

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The Peer Awards began in 1997 through the efforts of several board members of the former Washington Film and Video Council (WFVC). Their intent was to provide well-deserved recognition to those media production professionals who create the outstanding work that consistently comes from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The WFVC ceased operations in 2000 and a year later, ITVA-DC stepped up to combine the competition with its existing, popular “'ITVA-DC Video Festival”. Today, the Peer Awards continue to celebrate local excellence in media and offer one of the most sought-after awards in our community. The 2011 Peer Awards Ceremony was held at the National Press Club on Saturday, November 19, 2011