We’re a global network of Christian documentary filmmakers asking the same question: “God, how are you at work?” Help us not to miss it.
A few other quick facts:
- What’s does the name mean?
DEI = latin for God
DOX = documentaries
- We’re a decentralized network that was founded in Los Angeles but soon grew to Texas. Then, beyond.
- Audiences primarily can watch our films on YouTube, though 3,000 churches have also used Deidox documentaries during their worship services.
Deidox grew out of the collaboration of B. Gudgel and Dave Mahanes, 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, 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 their churches they took a leap to start Deidox.
Today, Deidox is a collective of media missionaries that collaborate to tell stories about God’s global work. At this point all of the filmmakers/media missionaries at Deixox are “bi-vocational” and do Deidox documentaries 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).