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Juggling Personal Life and Work Life, Without Dropping the Ball

 

Written By: Coury Deeb

Telling good stories is really hard. You might think that just by having powerful content and a plane ticket is enough. Yeah, I use to think that too. Having made films for 10+ years has been a rude awakening on all fronts.

Both personally and professionally. Having been married for thirteen years and the blessing of three amazing sons, it’s been a challenge to balance it all. I have a very supportive wife that enables me to be the thrill-seeking idiot I am, but that comes with its own challenges. Being gone is something I have to be sensitive about. I’m not single. I’m not without domestic responsibilities. I see these young bucks making great works of art and I say to myself, awesome, keep it up, but find that balance because you can be consumed by your work quicker than you can imagine.

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The unseen danger here, is that it happens before you know it. Surrounding yourself by a strong community with brothers and sisters who know your limits better than you do sometimes, is key. Everything we do is relational, whether we realize it or not. The question I must constantly ask myself is, “Does the work I’m investing in take part in the mission and brand that I choose to live my life by?” This thought causes constant tension with it’s fair share of doubt and struggle along the way.

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I’d prefer not to be defined by the work I do, but why I do it. It’s hard sometimes to separate the two, especially in a world where we’re judged by our performance. As a Christian, this comes with the weight of taking the spotlight off of Nadus Films and myself. I choose to love because I was loved first. So the stories Nadus tells, does so indiscriminately through a lens of hope, struggle, and redemption. Just like life. This is challenging.

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Through the lows and highs, Nadus Films has managed to stay the course. We’ve accomplished a ton of great projects. Accomplishing three award winning films is a feat in and of its self. We’ve travelled hundreds of thousands of miles over that past few years and put our lives at risk multiple times in hopes that what we do has an impact. And it has.

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We’ve had our fair share of film festival wins, a screening at the United Nations in New York City and our most recent film BBOY for LIFE picked up by Discovery and Starz.

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We’ve proven ourselves over the years as being a weathered production company that knows what they’re doing. In the end, we’re blessed and thankful that we’ve found our rhythm and can wake up each morning and say, “Yep. What story is next?”

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Who is Nadus Films?

Written by: Coury Deeb

Nadus Films is a small band of people who have locked arms in hopes that their talents be used in storytelling to impact culture. In short, Nadus Films makes films that make a difference.

Nadus Films was birthed after hearing Celestin Musekura speak at a church service in Philadelphia of 2004. Musekura spoke about the plight of the Sudanese people and about how his organization was making a difference throughout Africa. Musekura’s wisdom inspired an opportunity to use my talents as a photographer/film maker to tell stories in hopes of impacting society for the better.

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We tell stories. We make short films, feature length films and are even in the works for a TV series (more information on that topic to come). We promote the work of organizations who do good and we devote our films to telling a bigger picture in the hopes of transforming lives.

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Our goal is to impact those lives of whom we’ve told stories of. We’ve been fortunate enough to see many changes for better within the homes of the people who are the focus of our films. During production for one of our films (BBOY for LIFE) we met Leidy, who was an active gangster in Guatemala throughout production of BBOY for LIFE. ‘We miraculously saw her transformation and have now witnessed her life that is sustained by worth while goals rather than living an evil life.’ — In the end, we entertain by telling worthy stories and also see – lives changed for the better.

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None of this is easy. For many years, it’s been a labor of love that has come with its fair share of disappointment, failures and defeats. It takes a strong weathered team to see a project through to the end, and not only finish it, but finish it well. It’s a messy business of building relationships with the hopes of seeing lives transformed. Nadus Films is blessed with a strong team that is willing to take strides to tell such heartfelt stories.

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With three feature films under our belt and a slew of short film projects, we feel that we’re only getting started. We can’t wait to sink our teeth into more projects that are life giving. In a fallen world with so much mediocre content pushed on us, it’s refreshing to focus on meaningful, life-changing stories.

Many people have helped Nadus Films grow since the beginning. It takes an army to tell a good story through quality production. As a team, we’ve managed to jump from continent to continent living as adventurous film-makers who have successfully screened films with rural villages of Sudan, Discover, Starz and the United Nations in New York .

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BBoy for Life Supporters

Many thanks to those who have supported the production of BBoy for Life:

  • Aldo Renato Santamaria G
  • Andrej Schulz
  • Andy Hassler
  • Anthony Bonadio
  • Brian Schwartz
  • Chelsey Scott
  • Cole M
  • Cole Robertson
  • Cynda Pierce
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  • Dave Grundgeiger
  • Dave Richards
  • David Alex Weir
  • David Braud
  • DonnieWelchPoetry
  • Doug Vander Meulen
  • Drake Hatfield
  • Emily Doll
  • Fuchs Family
  • Gail Standish Ward
  • Georgia Carol Wood
  • James Turnbull
  • Jamie Barnes
  • Jason Ramage
  • Jeannae
  • Jeff Cross
  • Jeff Rogers
  • Jeremy York
  • Jerran Higgins
  • Jesse Eubanks
  • Jessica Bowman
  • Jessica Zubric
  • Jonathan Klingenfus
  • Jonathan Malko
  • Jonathan Snow
  • Joshua Starr
  • Jules Henning
  • Kiana Bullard
  • Krista Bennett
  • Kyle Hayes
  • Kyle Noltemeyer
  • Lachlan Coffey
  • Lori
  • Marius Andreassen
  • Micha Hurni
  • Michael Butterworth
  • Michelle Bar-Evan
  • Miguel Monroy
  • Mike Schuetz
  • Mike Smead
  • Mike and Carol Deeb
  • Morgan Atkinson
  • Nelson Nunez
  • Philip Revell
  • QuikMoneee
  • Reid Olson
  • Richard Witt
  • Roberto Samayoa
  • Sandra Harma
  • Sandra Smiley
  • Sarah Carleton
  • Shepherd Ahlers
  • Tim & Gretchen Dillman
  • Todd Curry
  • Troy Harvey
  • Tyler Deeb
  • Vickie Emmett-Grindstaff
  • alan Vales
  • chuck heeke
  • cparadis@gmail.com
  • garret
  • luke
  • matthew smith
  • michael and paula cohn
  • saavia
  • sharon
  • william paul kirkeminde

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