OUR STORY

HOW IT STARTED

2004. Two filmmakers went to Africa to show the world why they should get involved with poverty relief and HIV/AIDS. As a result, they made a feature documentary film, Dear Francis, and it ended up on Showtime TV and the Movie Channel. That was the first “Chronicle Project”. 

Since then, Chronicle Project has produced hundreds of documentaries for clients, including helping raise over $500 million for nonprofits. If you watched the Rio Olympics opening ceremonies you also saw some of their documentary footage during the broadcast. They founded a nonprofit of their own along the way, Deidox, which tells stories of what God is doing around the world and gives those stories to churches. Over 2,500 churches have used their films during worship services. Along the way they even did a comedy series for Hulu starring Christine Lakin, Kristen Bell, Seth McFarlin, Kristin Chenoweth, and more. This series was fun, but it more than anything reminded them how much they love serving nonprofits.

In 2011 Chronicle Project relocated from Los Angeles to Austin, TX. Since then they’ve focused on making better videos tools for nonprofits and building a global network of filmmakers and processes for success.

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Dave Mahanes

FOUNDER

David has overseen the production of documentaries and commercials for over ten years, including the award-winning documentary Dear Francis and the web series Lovin Lakin. He has produced and filmed projects in several countries including, Swaziland, Rwanda, Kenya, Mexico, Turkey, Thailand, and Morocco. Previously David worked with I-40 Films, a film/video production company, where he oversaw the production of commercials including award winning spots for Ford and the Carolina Hurricanes.

Brent Gudgel

FOUNDER

Brent has been directing documentaries for over ten years, including Dear Francis and the upcoming Lovin’ Lakin web series (starring Kristen Bell, Seth McFarlin, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kristen Chennoweth, and Christine Lakin). He has directed over 200 productions in over 20 countries including Vietnam, Thailand, China, Tibet, Uzbekistan, Tanzania, Indonesia, and the Czech Republic. Brent loves following people around with cameras – which he acknowledges is kinda weird – and then scouring the footage to find the compelling story.

WE CREATE SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST HEARTFELT VIDEO CONTENT FOR AUDIENCES WITH SHORT ATTENTION SPANS.

Clients (Partial List):

Union Rescue Mission
Eden Reforestation Projects
Mission of Hope: Haiti
Mobile Loaves & Fishes
Goodwill
ELI China
Teach Overseas
Saddleback Church
Deidox Films
Heart for Africa
Carrying to Term
TX Catholic Conference
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Los Angeles Police Foundation
International Justice Mission
Shared Hope International
World Relief
Not for Sale
Azusa Pacific University
Adventures in Missions
Christ Together Greater Austin
Mexico Outreach
Fuller Seminary
US State Dept. TIP
Crisis Pregnancy Center