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Live Not By Lies

Continue European production, commence B-roll production
$895,444 Raised*
1,890 People*


  1. Live Not By Lies by Rod Dreher is a New York Times Bestseller that has sold more than 200,000 copies. 

  2. The best-selling book has enthusiastic supporters among some of the most influential voices in the media.

  3. This is a challenging and inspiring examination of the rise of soft-totalitarianism in our society and the call for people of faith to lead the charge in standing up against oppression.

  4. Nova Roma is partnering with Rod Dreher and Angel Studios to create a multi-part documentary series that will adapt and expand on the topics and stories covered in the best selling book.

  5. You can join in this movement and help share the timely message of this book by investing in the docuseries adaptation of the book. We have come to the crowd to raise funds for the production.

The battle for truth has just begun. 

The survivors of Soviet Communism have a warning for us: The seeds of totalitarianism are sprouting in our society today.  Live Not By Lies, based on the bestselling book of the same name, is a docuseries giving voice to the living survivors of the USSR and their fears about our future. It will be a cinematic, moving, and educational series that encourages hope and inspiration amidst our contemporary struggles. This episodic documentary will follow Live Not By Lies author Rod Dreher to Europe and beyond, where he’ll walk us through the streets of 20th century Soviet terror and interview the men and women who survived the deadliest century the world has ever known. We will learn from their stories, in order to better equip ourselves, as people of faith, to resist the lies that constantly confront us.

What Will This Series Be Like?

Many times when people hear the alarm, they dismiss it: “The Soviet dystopian nightmare will never happen here,” they say. But this is because they imagine 1984 by George Orwell: gulags, secret police and firing squads. What they fail to recognize is that soft-totalitarianism, the brand put forth in the classic novel Brave New World, is already prevalent today. It takes the form of small lies that we are forced to agree with in order to get along in mainstream society. It has even seeped into our churches and begun to erode our faith.

We believe this documentary is critically important for our times. As we listen to the stories of those who have experienced totalitarianism firsthand, we will learn from their stories, in order to better equip ourselves, as people of faith, to resist the lies that constantly confront us.

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The Challenge

Making a well-produced, multi-episode docuseries requires hundreds of collaborators, creators, expert editors, and top talent. That’s why Live Not By Lies and Nova Roma - a company with a broad background in film, TV, live events, PR, journalism, and more – entered into an agreement with Angel Studios to be their distribution partner

Angel Studios has a track record of working outside of traditional studio paths so the filmmakers of Live Not By Lies won’t have to compromise their vision or surrender creative control to industry trends.

The Angel Studios Model

Angel Studios is a film studio platform that helps creators come together with viewers to create high-quality TV and film. Producers like us use the Angel Studios platform to pitch TV content to you, and then you—the audience—choose which projects qualify to be potentially distributed by Angel Studios. Additionally, the audience can invest in a project through Angel Funding (Angel Studios’ affiliated crowdfunding portal) and, if the project is successful, share in some of the returns of that project.* Other creators using this model have shown that, when projects are done right, they can reach millions of people.** That includes productions like The Chosen, which has commenced paying a 120% distribution of their investors’ original investment.***

* There is no guarantee that Live Not By Lies will be profitable or that an investment in Live Not By Lies will result in a return of your investment. Any such investment is subject to significant risk, including the risk of loss of your entire investment. You should not invest more than you can afford to lose.

** Viewership of a production does not guarantee the commercial success or profitability of the production or the company creating it.

*** The entity and team that created The Chosen are different to those creating Live Not By Lies, and the success of The Chosen is not indicative of the success of Live Not By Lies. Not all creators that have partnered with Angel Studios and Angel Funding have issued a return to their investors.


Meet Rod Dreher | The Mind Behind ‘Live Not By Lies’

Live Not By Lies: A Conversation With Darren Tyler



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