Deidox Blog

  1. 2 Christian Perspectives on the Refugee Crisis

    In the past few weeks, many conversations have been happening around the growing refugee crisis in Europe. With all the media coverage on the subject, we want to share two of our films which offer a unique perspective. We were lucky to be able to spend time with the people involved and hope you’ll appreciate it as well.

    Watch and be inspired by the faith of a refugee

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    We hope these stories inspire you and help us all better understand what God is doing in the world today.

  2. A Community’s Response to Unplanned Pregnancies

    According to a study in the American Journal of Public Health, about half (51%) of the 6.6 million pregnancies in the United States each year (3.4 million) are unintended. These women are often faced with extremely difficult decisions and don’t have the support system in place to help provide for their needs. Recently we met Janet who, along with a community of friends, has taken a simple step to engage with women facing an unplanned pregnancy. We spent a day with Janet and were challenged by her story and how she is trying to put her Christian faith into action.



    To learn more about Janet’s ministry, Bundles of Hope, click here.

    Deidox Films is a 501(c)(3) non-profit documentary production and distribution company. All our films are made possible by generous donors and supports.  If you are interested in helping fund more films please click here.

  3. Deidox Films aires on 700 Club

    Our vision at Deidox Films is to engage the world with God’s story. We’ve made all our films available for free on YouTube and Facebook. Our hope is people will begin sharing our stories with their friends so they can see how God’s story is unfolding in the world. We are already seeing this happen.

    A couple of weeks ago one of our films was shared with a producer at 700 Club Interactive. As a result, two of our Deidox films, “Heroin Addict Takes Big Step in Recovery” and “Blind Teenager Shows What it Means to Live by Faith” have aired on the 700 Club & 700 Club Interactive. We were thrilled to see our films being used and hope they were an encouragement to a large audience. If you haven’t seen the films you can view them at

    Watch “Heroin Addict Takes Big Step in Recovery”:

    Watch “Blind Teenager Shows What it Means to Live by Faith”:

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  4. Big News from Deidox Films and How It Impacts You

    We have some exciting and significant changes to our ministry at Deidox Films that I want to share with you. 

    First of all, I want to thank you for using our short films. We have a heart to provide video resources to ministry leaders and I hope you and your ministry have benefited from our films. We could not have made it this far without your encouragement and support.

    Our vision at Deidox Films is to engage the world with God’s story. In today’s media driven culture more and more people are being impacted by visual storytelling. Therefore, we think there is a great opportunity to impact our world by tell compelling visual stories from a christian worldview.  

    In an effort to reach a broader audience with God’s story, we have made the following changes:

    • We are no longer charging a license fee for our films.
    • We will be producing new and different types of documentaries.
    • We’ve made it easier to share our films with your on-line community.

    So what does this mean for you? You can still access and download any film you have purchased from Deidox Films for screening in your ministry context. You can also use the other films if you want. Visit this page to download. Like before, we just ask that you don’t upload any of our films to youtube or sites like that. (We have Deidox youtube uploads that you can share as much as you want!)

    We’re excited to continue to serve the Church.  It’s just going to look a little different.  Again, thanks for your support and please let me know if you have any questions.

    With much thanks,
    Dave Mahanes
    Co-Founder, Deidox Films

  5. Podcast Resources for Pastors

    At Deidox Films we’re passionate about making documentaries that help pastors cultivate disciples in all different contexts and denominations. We’ve already released one this year, and we’re hoping to bring you nine more by the end of 2015.

    In an effort to further serve our pastors, we’re also helping to bring you other resources in the form of podcasts. 

    Sermonsmith is a biweekly conversation between host John Chandler and his guest pastors. They spend 45minutes to an hour discussing the guest’s sermon preparation process. It is an invaluable resource for pastors who find themselves preaching regularly. 

    Seminary Dropout is a weekly interview featuring host Shane Blackshear. Each week he interviews a prominent Christian author, pastor, musician, or difference maker. Also about 45minutes to an hour, these conversations are so helpful for pastors and church leaders to keep up with current conversations in the Christian faith. He’s interviewed big names like Donald Miller and Phillip Yancey, and has a conversation with NT Wright coming up next month.

    Also next month we will begin sponsoring Homebrewed Christianity and Theology Nerd Throwdown. More to come about them very soon. 

    We take your work very seriously so please let us know how we can help bring you, our pastors and church leaders, resources that help you make disciples.

  6. New film about recovery – James

    A story about a heroin addict who encounters healing through surrendering and community.

    Today we release our newest Deidox short film in partnership with the wonderful folks at Union Rescue Mission! Read below for a synopsis and click on the button to watch the film.


    Our new sermon illustration about recovery and new life

    How do you recover from the guilt and shame of your past? Meet James, a man whose 20 years of heroin addiction destroyed everything he had, giving up his family and possessions for the street. Today, James has entered a new reality. “We have to be in relationships. We have to answer the hard questions,” says James. “That’s how we grow.” Watch as James enters a Christ-centered recovery community, and through surrendering he discovers the true source of forgiveness and restoration.

    By the way, Deidox Films is a 501(c)3 nonprofit ministry. This “James” film was made possible through the generous contributions from two parties: 1) private donors and 2) Union Rescue Mission. Established in 1891, Union Rescue Mission is dedicated to serving men, women, and children experiencing homelessness. They provide comprehensive emergency and long-term services to help their guests escape the dangerous streets of Skid Row. They are one of the largest rescue missions in the United States, and the oldest in Los Angeles.

  7. Announcing our new film Deidox|James.

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    Heads up… A new Deidox short film for your sermon illustration or small group is coming January 27.    

    How do you recover from the guilt and shame of your past? Meet James, a man whose 20 years of heroin addiction destroyed everything he had, giving up his family and possessions for the street. Today, James has entered a new reality. “We have to be in relationships. We have to answer the hard questions,” says James. “That’s how we grow.”  Watch as James enters a Christ-centered recovery community, and through surrendering he discovers the true source of forgiveness and restoration.

  8. “Show, Don’t Tell”: Telling True Stories With SERIAL

    One of the best stories told in 2014 that did not involve the politics of Westeros was a true story told over the radio. Or… not necessarily the radio… but a podcast called SERIAL. This breakthrough web-format story spans almost 10 hours over twelve weekly episodes. It chronicles a 1999 murder, the characters involved, and the questions left unanswered at the trial.

    While getting lost in the engrossing narrative that Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder have crafted, it is important to remember that when it comes to true stories, sifting through the mountain of details is often the hardest task. 

    In her interview with Fast Company Snyder discussed the daunting task of sorting through the amassment of research and assembling it together into a cohesive narrative that didn’t get bogged down by the details. 
    “We have an insider’s knowledge of what pieces of evidence we have and where they’re going, and that part of the story takes place inside the details. In order to bring anybody in on what we found so interesting, there’s a lot you have to understand first. It’s sort of a challenge.”

    At Deidox we appreciate what SERIAL has been able to accomplish from a storytelling perspective because we, like them, also have to unearth the narrative threads from an ocean of footage. Our 5 minute short-form documentaries are crafted from between 15-30 hours of tape. Our first feature length documentary, Free Burma Ranger, will be released in 2015. It is being cut from over 500 hours of footage.

    At Deidox we have a saying: “show, don’t tell.” Basically, we don’t want to tell you about something that happened, we want to show you the story as it unfolds. Perhaps this ethos accounts for the kinship we feel towards SERIAL’s creators, because SERIAL is not so much a show about a teenager’s 1999 murder as it is the story of a reporter whose life has been thrown into disarray by her investigation. The fun part, we have learned, lies in tagging along with Sarah and Julie through their journey of discovery, uncertainty, and doubt.

  9. “Hardwired for Story”

    In this brief yet fascinating TED talk, SJ Murray articulates what makes stories so much more memorable than simple facts. A well told narrative can be retained twenty-two times more effectively than simple information. A good storyteller, she says, can activate all of the senses in the brain of the hearer by describing movement, pictures, smells and so on. This can be so powerful that the brain activity of those hearing the story can closely mirror that of the the teller. So if someone is adeptly describing their experience last weekend, as far as our brain is concerned we could have been there.

    As preachers, pastors, and church leaders one of our primary tasks is to tell the story that has been passed down to us through the centuries; Christ’s story, the Spirit’s story, the Church’s story, God’s good news.

    At Deidox we take storytelling very seriously and we hope it shows in our films. Our goal is to tell the tales of modern day disciples who are fleshing out this ancient narrative. We try to capture their faith in our films to help God’s leaders bring these age-old stories to life.

    Check out our short form documentaries here.

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  10. [NEW FILM] “Johnny”

    Announcing our latest Deidox short film, “Johnny”, a story about a businessman who reevaluates how he spends his time.

    Here it us, our newest Deidox short film in partnership with the wonderful folks at World Relief! Read below for a synopsis and click on the button to watch the film.fb1d2f69-31c8-4474-a998-d2eaa6e8b88e


    How do you invest your time? Meet Johnny, a man who has spent the majority of his life investing in his work, leaving little time, he says, for God’s work. Now in his 50’s he is trying to “flip” this reality. Watch as he serves a refugee family from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through simple acts of service and love, Johnny begins to feel the “weight of idolatry” lifting as God redirects him toward the kingdom investments of time and service.

    By the way, Deidox Films is a 501(c)3 nonprofit ministry. This “Johnny” film was made possible through the generous contributions from two parties: 1) a private donor and 2) World Relief. One of the things we love about World Relief is their desire to truly partner with pastors and church leaders. They helped us find Johnny and then set us free to tell the best story we could.

    BONUS: Deidox Unlimited members save over 40%. Be sure to check it! 

    We create the Deidox films to serve Pastors and church leaders. If you know of someone who could benefit from these films, please tell them about Deidox. We’d love it!

    Thanks for your continued support and encouragement!

  11. Coming Soon – Deidox | Johnny

    We are excited about our upcoming film, “Johnny” which was produced in partnership with World Relief.  The film is about a man who faces the reality of how he has invested his time over the years and the decision he has made to change directions with his life.  It is a film that we hope will challenge all of us to consider how we can be investing in what God wants, not what we want.


    Deidox Films is a 501(c)(3) documentary film production and distribution company.  Our mission is to produce documentary films that help the Church reflect Christ and redeem culture.  

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  12. “Joy” – Behind the scenes video

    Last week we launched our latest short film, Deidox | Joy.  We produced this film in partnership with The Ogilve Institute of Preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary.  We spent a week just outside Sacramento, CA following Dr. Joy Johnson of Life Matters and her team as they served their neighbors.  Here is a little “behind the scenes” video that was produced by Nathan Blank.

    Our mission at Deidox Films is to produce documentary films that help the Church reflect Christ and redeem culture.

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  13. Looking for New Team Members

    The work of Deidox Films could not happen without the support of a lot of people.  Below are a few ways to join the Deidox Family:

    Volunteer-page-bannersWe are currently looking for volunteers to help with the following: Copywriters, Graphic Designers, Customer relations, Data Management, Production Assistants, Legal advice & services, Filmmaking. We’re based in Austin but also have some contributions that can be done from afar. Contact us to get involved.

    Donate-bannerProducing and distributing high quality video content cost money.  Therefore, we are always looking for financial supporters to join our team.  We accept donations on-line, check by mail and gift in kind contributions.  Click here for more information.

    UsethefilmsIf you are a Pastor or ministry leader the best way to help is by purchasing and using our short films.  We also encourage you to consider becoming a yearly subscriber to our short films by becoming a Deidox Unlimited Member.  

    filmmaker-oppsDeidox Films is always on the lookout for talented individuals who we can hire to make great art that explores faith. We value working hard with what you’ve been given, and we are all “learners” on the journey.


    Deidox Films is looking for talented and motivated Cinematographers to shoot high quality documentary stories for Deidox Shorts and Deidox Features. We hire cinematographers on a per project basis.

    The ideal candidates will have experience in verité camerawork. They are able to capture the story while still making it look good in the process. They are able to film scenes, not just scattered b-roll.


    Deidox Films Cinematographers will:

    • Travel and live on location for the shoot.
    • Collaborate with a director and producer to capture the story and make it look great.
    • Operate camera with their Verité skills. Our work is 75% following people around and filming in-the-moment with your instincts/skills.
    • Perform basic documentary DIT work. Dumping footage after a day’s work. Making sure it is backed up.
    • Conceive innovative storytelling approaches to further Deidox Films’ mission.


    The successful applicant should have:

    • Experience shooting documentaries in a verité style.
    • A passion for great stories and great images.
    • Ability to collaborate with a diverse team.
    • Understanding of what makes a scene and ability to film scenes.
    • Know camera technology enough to make it work. Our optimal verité crew size does not allow for a 1st AC. You must be able to set up and operate your camera, troubleshooting as needed. Sound will sometimes go into your camera, sometimes it won’t. Must be ok with both setups.
    • Ability to self-manage and meet time deadlines.
    • Ability to work virtually and to travel as necessary.
    • Knowledge of FCPx or Bulletproof a plus.
    • Ability to act appropriately around sensative situations.

    How to Apply

    Email a resume and samples of work to

    For the work samples, what do we want to see? Completed videos/films, not just a demo reel. Demo reels are not that interesting to us. Everyone can make a pretty demo reel. We are interested in your documentary camera capabilities as it relates to telling a story. Can you capture a scene as it’s happening? Can you make it look good in the process?

  14. * UPDATED – Want to see a film about addiction? Vote to make it happen

    We’re on track to make a Deidox film about addiction, but we need your help. Vote to help us win a contest and make it happen.

    Over the years, our founding team members have formed a significant relationship with Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles, a fantastic ministry that includes a recovery program. Drugs. Sex. You name it, their recovery program helps. We want to film a new Deidox project at URM. URM wants us to do it too. And then along came a contest that will help make it happen.

    Vote for our project, Threshold, here. Just click vote. It takes less than ten seconds. (And say a prayer!)

    Then, if you really, really, really want the film made, tell your friends to vote too.

    ***UPDATE*** 09/18/14 – THE CONTEST IS OVER.  THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND INTEREST. We are currently in pre-production on two (yes 2!) projects that deal with recovery and addiction. One is a short film and one is a feature length film. We’ll keep you posted as the projects progress.

  15. New Film Coming This Week – God’s Provision in Haiti (Premium Sermon Illustration Video)

    We are excited to announce our latest Deidox short film will be launched on Thursday, July 17. Filmed on location in Haiti, Jean Marc is a teenager who desperately sought God’s provision in the midst of dire circumstances. This is a premium sermon illustration video made specifically for pastors and church leaders to model faith as they make disciples.

    Here’s a trailer for the “Jean Marc” short film:


    • Starting on Thursday, July 17, the short film will be available to view & download for use in your ministry.
    • Jean Marc’s film was produced in partnership with Mission of Hope: Haiti.

    If you’re a member of Deidox Unlimited the film will be available in your account on Thursday as well.

    Coming soon, a Christian documentary film about struggle


    Deidox Films is a non-profit organization that exists to serve pastors and churches by providing cinematic sermon illustration videos that model the faith of modern day disciples. When paired with the Biblical teaching of a skilled ministry leader and the guidance of the Holy Spirit the combination is exciting and powerful. We make these films to help the church reflect Christ and redeem culture. Use these video illustrations of faith in your church service, leadership development, small group, or non-profit organization.

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  16. Coming Soon – Joy – The Impact of Prayer & Presence (Premium Sermon Illustration Video)

    Coming soon, “Joy”, a documentary film about the impact of consistent prayer and presence on a community. Some would refer to it as incarnational ministry. Joy might call it necessity.

    Sermon illustration video on incarnational ministry, coming soon

    We have several new Deidox short films coming out over the next few months. The short documentaries are being made especially for pastors and church leaders to use as sermon illustration videos. That’s what we’re passionate about.

    SYNOPSIS: “What constitutes “success” in serving God? Meet Joy, a Christian in an at-risk area of Sacramento, California. Before her ministry began, Joy and her team prayed for 52 weeks. “Prayer has gotten us everywhere we’ve been,” remarks Joy. Watch as she and her team move in the power of prayer, finding the strength to stay and to minister “up close and personal,” just as Christ did.”

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  17. New short film coming soon – Jean Marc

    Coming soon, “Jean Marc”, a documentary film about experiencing God’s provision.


    We have several new Deidox short films coming out over the next few months. As a new Deidox short film, these videos are being made specifically for pastors and church leaders to use as sermon illustration videos.

    SYNOPSIS: “If someone comes to me and tells me it’s hopeless, I’ll understand because I’ve been through it,” says Jean Marc, a seventeen-year old Haitian orphan who lost his mom at the age of ten. Where do you find hope and purpose for life’s journey? Watch as Jean Marc finds strength in God’s providence, testifying that “it is from the struggles of life that we grow.”

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  18. 4 Big Changes at Deidox to Help Ministries Make Disciples

    Friends! We’re back! And by “back” we mean there have been some significant changes with Deidox. We want to highlight 4 of the changes:

    1. We have a new website

    After years of lessons and six months of hard coding our new website is ready to go. Here’s a quick walkthrough, or go check out the site yourself.

    2. Our mission has been refined in the fire:

    We exist to help the church make disciples and fulfill the Great Commission. We do this by producing documentary films that model the faith of modern day disciples.

    The challenge for church leaders today is not very different from the challenge Jesus faced in his ministry: How do you make disciples? Similarly, the challenge for individual Christians today is: how do you live out faith in everyday life? Jesus made disciples by not only teaching but also allowing them to follow him around every day. He modeled faith in everyday life so that they could go and imitate him. The unfortunate reality is that the main way Jesus taught discipleship is largely absent in the church today, which is putting ministry leaders in a difficult position when making disciples. The church need more tools for modeling faith. Through video, the church can once again follow and imitate mature disciples.

    We are striving to see faith lived out. There are plenty of videos where people talk about faith. We want to actually see faith happen in front of the camera. It’s a harder mission, but one we know to be worth it.

    3. A lot of new films are coming

    We have four new films (4!) currently in production. The first film was produced in Haiti and is about a man named “Jean Marc” who has a life similar to the stories in the Bible of Joseph and David. We’ll be posting updates here as well as via our email list and on social media sites.

    4. Lord willing, Deidox will be a full-time ministry this year

    Deidox has been a side project for us at Chronicle Project the last five years, using our extra finances (well, “extra” is debatable with our wives) and extra time between client projects to produce the types of films we felt God was calling us to make. And God provided in great ways over those five years. But, in the last year we have felt God’s prompting to give Deidox Films as much attention as we can. So, over the next year we hope to begin hiring our first full-time staff to produce as many Deidox ministry tools as we can. Lord willing that’s only the beginning of an exciting Deidox journey. (Btw, Deidox is an acting non-profit organization so if you know anyone who wants to help fund films or support our ministry we’d love to talk to them!)

  19. That’s a Wrap! New film for pastors coming soon.

    The Deidox team films a new sermon illustration for pastors and church leadersWe’re thrilled. Last week we filmed on a new Deidox short for pastors and church leaders. Production took place in Sacramento, CA. Our four days of filming (see also: following someone with a camera) taught us some valuable and exciting lessons about what it looks like to be a disciple. We’re now sorting through hours of footage and pages of transcripts to put together a 4-5 minute film that we pray communicates what we learned.

    It’s a little too early to talk about what the piece will become as these things often become clear in the editing room… but we can share that we left Sacramento with a great personal conviction that prayer is an area we can grow in.

    New film(s) coming soon.
    New website coming soon.
    Stay tuned.

  20. A quick update from the Deidox team

    Offices for the christian documentary film company Deidox We’ve been working over the last year on “where we’ve been” and “where we want to go”, filling the office chalkboard over and over with plans and possibilities. The time has brought a clarified focus (“Documenting Modern Day Disciples”), a reaffirming to serve pastors with stories, and a plan for 2014 to be a big year at Deidox, Lord willing. You may or may not know, but Deidox has been a passion project / side work-for-free project for myself (Brent Gudgel) and Dave Mahanes. After much prayer, discussion, and guidance from trusted advisers we are exploring making Deidox a more substantial part of our time starting in 2014. We can’t fully talk about the changes yet… but they include more partnering with non-profits, more donor funding opportunities, more filmmakers, and a lot more films. We’d love your prayers for God’s guidance and blessing on the next stage of Deidox. Also, if you’re a church leader who participated in our customer survey we want to say “Thank You!” The feedback was super helpful. And congrats to Wess Daniels, a pastor in Oregon, for winning the iPad drawing. More soon… in Him, Brent Gudgel
  21. Help Officer Deon. Vote Now!

    Anyone who has see our story Deon knows the incredible work that Officer Joseph is doing on behalf of the people living on Skid Row. He is a great representation of Christ in the world.

    Recently, Deon has been nominated for an award at the Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis. He is one of 5 contestants who will be honored for their work with communities across America. Let’s help Deon win this award! Here’s how:

    Go to
    Vote For Deon Joseph

    Please share with your friends. You can vote once a day ’til June 9th.

    If you haven’t seen the short film we did on Deon, then check it out here.

  22. Deon screened at Verge 2013

    Deon, the story of a Los Angeles Police Officer working in one of the roughest areas of the country, was screened at this year’s Verge Conference. It’s always encouraging for us to watch the film and see the impact it has on a live audience. We got some great feedback from the attendees. If you haven’t seen the film yet, check it out here.
    What is Verge? An advocate and champion for movements of gospel-centered Missional Communities, Verge Network exists for church leaders, students, entrepreneurs, artists, urban innovators, business leaders, community development specialists, non-profit leaders, church planters and everyday leaders – anyone pursuing the mission of God, in community, whatever the context, for the sake of the Gospel. Verge is for everyday people and leaders who are pursuing the mission of God with the gospel in their context. Verge leaders and churches are engaged in the mission of God, centered around the gospel, in community, and understand the value of staying connected.
  23. New Deidox Film – Murat

    Our newest Deidox film is out today! Filmed on location in central Asia, Murat is a personal story of a local shepherd who is demonstrating God’s love to his community. “Murat” was the third Deidox film produced through the Deidox Development Lab in partnership with Tim Chew & Gratis 7 Media Group.

    You can view and download the new film here.

    Tim Chew is a versatile filmmaker who is passionate about cinematic storytelling through a variety of formats. He holds a degree in film production from the University of Texas and currently works in Austin as a cinematographer and director. Tim thrives in the meticulous process behind a camera while maintaining a firm focus on crafting poignant stories.

    As a student, Tim directed his first documentary in Central Asia and since graduating in early 2012 has moved on to direct, produce, or shoot documentaries, commercials, short narratives, and music videos throughout the United States and in Brazil, Morocco, Kenya, and India.

    Gratis 7 Media Group is a small non-profit (501c3) organization that produces media based on hope and purpose. We help organizations create movies and media that matter. We exist to tell compelling, entertainment stories that inspire people to help where there is need. Whether it’s feature films, documentary or short film series, Gratis 7 believes stories can penetrate our hearts and create enormous change.

  24. A good read for “idea” people

    Charles Lee has been a great friend of Deidox and provided some helpful insights while we were developing our brand. The consultation he provided was invaluable.

    He recently wrote a book called Good Idea. Now What? The book was written for on-the-go idea makers; people interested in getting stuff done.

    Going from inspiration to execution is hard work. Many steps stand between a good idea and the hit product, profitable company, or social change you envision. Your initial “aha!” moment provides the key to begin this process, but it’s the way you make your dream happen that truly defines your success.

    Good Idea. Now What? gives you the tools you need to make your inspiration a reality. This accessible go-to guide features practical advice from leading idea-makers that will help you get your vision off the ground.

    Below is a video about the book. We hope you will check out the book and support our friend Charles.

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