One of the things we strive to do at Deidox is to consistently challenge ourselves to be better filmmakers.  As a result, we created the Deidox Development Lab (DDL).

The DDL is our way of partnering with other talented documentary filmmakers to produce compelling stories.  Not only does this give us an opportunity to share our process, failures and all, but we also get a chance to learn new skills by working with others.  It’s the whole iron sharpens iron idea.

For the last few months we have been working with three separate documentarians.  It’s been a great process for us and we are excited about sharing these films with you.

JEREMY RODGERS:

Our first DDL film was done in partnership with Jeremy Rodgers.  After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a M.F.A. in Film Production, Jeremy immersed himself into the film industry as a DP, Camera Operator, and Assistant.

He has shot for films that have aired on the Independent Film Channel, including “I’ll Come Running,” and assisted camera on NBC’s, “Friday Night Lights,” and Terrence Malick’s latest film, “The Tree of Life.”  Jeremy has won a Regional Emmy for his work on a web-based cultural documentary in Loudoun County, VA.

Most recently, Jeremy has been working as the Film Production Manager at The Austin Stone Community Church where he feels truly blessed to be able to tell stories of how God is moving through the church in Austin and beyond. Jeremy currently resides in Austin, TX where he is doing his best to “Keep Austin Weird.”

CHRIS SINCLAIR:

Our second film was done in partnership with Chris Sinclair. After graduating from Appalachian State University with degrees in Outdoor Education and Photography, Chris went east, way east. He lived in China for two years, learning Mandarin and working with different NGO’s. After returning to the U.S. for a stint working as a newspaper photographer in Colorado and Utah, he headed back east to Thailand in 2005 to join a team of media creators dedicated to documenting God’s movement in Asia.

Shortly after that move, he made a transition from still to motion, and has mainly produced documentary shorts and interactive websites. His short film “The Four Dreams” was a finalist in the Doc Challenge 2010 contest. For the past two years, he also served as a story coach for UNC-Chapel Hill’s award-winning documentary students in Thailand and Argentina. Most recently, he’s been working on films for The Last Letter, a campaign using film, web, and events promoting a radical lifestyle characterized by Sacrifice, Action and Justice, centered in Jesus.

He currently lives in Thailand, a land flowing with mangos and good stories.

TIM CHEW:

Our third film was done in partnership with Tim Chew & Gratis 7 Media Group.

Tim 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.