[ voh-tuh-ree ]
A person who is devoted to a subject or pursuit.
At Votary Films, we are dedicated to moving people through meaningful stories. To us, a meaningful story upholds the principles of Truth, Freedom and Human Flourishing.
We believe that truth is transcendent. It does not belong to anyone and it is not subject to our opinions of it. Paradoxical phrases like “my truth” and “your truth” serve only to obscure a deeper meaning and the kind of shared understanding that leads to progress. We may not always see or understand the truth, but that does not mean it is not there, or that we shouldn’t strive to discover it. To us, there is no higher calling than the humble pursuit of truth. Therefore we feel that we have an obligation to the truth in the stories we tell, even when, perhaps especially when, it is uncomfortable or inconvenient. As Jesus said in John 8:31, “The Truth will set you free.”
We are freedom maximalists. We believe that humans were created to be free and that all lives, born and unborn, are endowed with value by God. We believe in the American constitution and the vision of the founding fathers and will fight to protect it.We believe that while no human construct is perfect, a truly free and open market, operated by free individuals, is the best system we have in order to maximize human flourishing.
On Human Flourishing:
We believe that the human condition is nuanced and complex, that there is good and bad in each of us. Therefore we do not blindly align with any one political ideology and do not believe in a perfect, utopian solution to mankind’s problems on this side of Heaven. However we do believe that a truly flourishing society is one built upon morality, freedom and personal responsibility.
As filmmakers, our highest calling, our “why”, is to leverage the change-making power of storytelling for the betterment of mankind. This means telling stories that shine a light on the good in each of us; on what is true, on what is real, on what is meaningful. And hopefully, by God’s grace, that light will grow.
WHO WE SERVE
At Votary Films, we partner with people and organizations who want to make a positive impact through their work and understand the crucial role of storytelling in that pursuit.
Whether you are a business selling a product, a non-profit on a mission, or an artist sharing your gifts, you have a meaningful story to tell.
If you commit to telling that story truthfully you will build trust with your audience, and where you build trust, you will create meaningful connections.
Story is the most powerful force in the universe. We think in story, we dream in story, we teach in story and we learn in story. It is how we make sense of all of life.
An effective story has the power to influence how people think, feel and act. In other words, it has the power to make change, both positively and negatively.
As filmmaker artists, we are not simply providing a service void of moral impact, we are crafting the best way to convey a message. For this reason we must align with the partners and clients we serve. We believe that we have an obligation to shine a light on objective truth in the stories we tell, even when it is uncomfortable or inconvenient.
“Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.”
– NATIVE AMERICAN PROVERB
OUR WHY STORIES
The WHY Stories is a mini series where we explore a behind the scenes look at why our team members became storytellers and what their filmmaking journey’s have looked like so far. This is an opportunity to get in our clients and subjects shoes while opening up about what our story is..
The Votary Collective is a network of creatives who can shoot, edit, animate, direct, make music, drink beer and play ping pong. We have a core internal leadership team and reach into our vetted collective when the right project comes our way. If you want to join, the first step is a face to face hang out. Just fill out the form below and we’ll set up a time!