We’re exploring a simple question: “How is God at work in the world today?” We do this through documentary films – both short films and longer films. We also have a weekly newsletter highlighting the best stories we find of God’s work.
A few other quick facts:
- DEI = latin for God, DOX = documentaries. DEIDOX.
- We’re a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
- We’re based in Austin, TX, but film everywhere there’s a story.
- Over 2,000 churches have used Deidox films during their worship services.
Deidox grew out of the collaboration of Dave Mahanes and Brent Gudgel, a producer and director team whose first documentary “Dear Francis” – about the fight against HIV/AIDS in the most infected country in the world – aired on Showtime and The Movie Channel. They went on to produce over 250 short documentaries for causes, ministries, and clients like Saddleback Church, International Justice Mission, Crisis Pregnancy Center, Azusa Pacific University, and Union Rescue Mission, among others. While traveling the globe for these projects, they were struck by how impactful it was to get a glimpse of faith in the lives of global Christians. So, with the help of friends and family they took a leap to start Deidox.
Today, Deidox is a handful of media missionaries that strive to be faithful with what the Lord provides, whether in opportunity or resources. At this point all of the filmmakers/media missionaries at Deixox are bi-vocational and do Deidox films when they can. To quote one of their more feisty film subjects, Ludmila, “it’s an honor.”
Our films are funded through patronage, or commissioning, much like the Sistine Chapel when it was painted by Michelangelo. A ministry commissioned Michelangelo to make art that told a specific story and would serve their church. What happened though is that his art also had the ability to impact larger audiences in profound ways. Though we don’t pretend to be Michelangelo, there are parallels in our ministry model. Groups with strong stories to tell commission us to make films (e.g. TX Catholic & Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, or World Relief, or Fuller Seminary). The ministries use the films within their ministries, but then we distribute these films in a way that also ministers to global audiences (through our 1,800 Church network, youtube, and media outlets like Christianity Today).