- Cayo Films is producing The Covenant, a dramatic episodic series of The Old Testament, and 2-3 other projects.
- An Emmy award-winning team of writers, directors, and producers
- Old Testament advisors including Dr. John Walton of Wheaton College
- Board members including industry heavyweight Emanuel Nunez
- The Cayo Films CEO was the principle accounting officer of The Chosen TV series crowdfunding success.
- Shareholders get VIP access to behind-the-scenes content and more
Who is Cayo Films?
Cayo Films is an audience-backed studio dedicated to creating high-budget films that are clean and actually entertaining. We believe audiences deserve entertaining content without having to sacrifice production quality or personal values.
Our team of award-winning film creators turn stories worth telling into movies worth watching. That is why we are starting with The Covenant. There aren’t many stories worth telling more than those of The Bible. In addition to The Covenant, we’ll be making 2-3 additional projects with capital raised in subsequent financing.
As an audience backed (crowd-funded) company, shareholders just like you can help bring the stories of the Bible to broader audiences. By investing in Cayo Films, you are bringing The Covenant to life and bringing these stories back to prominence in the world today, and helping support more great content in the future.
What is The Covenant?
The Covenant is a dramatic multi-season TV series adaptation of the stories of the Old Testament. Directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh (The Young Messiah, The Stoning of Soraya M) and written by Andrew Klavan (The Daily Wire, Edgar Award Winner), The Covenant leads viewers through the stories of patriarchs and prophets, saints and sinners, conquerors and kings. Each episode will depict the lived experiences of characters including Daniel, Esther, Abraham, and Ruth. Through these honest depictions, The Covenant will show God’s connection to people in ancient times, and His connection to us today.
Why Should You Invest?
Cayo Films and The Covenant are backed by audiences and open to investors thanks to the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012. This means that you can become a shareholder of Cayo Films and help bring the important stories of the Old Testament to life through The Covenant. Below are a few key reasons why our investors are backing The Covenant and investing in Cayo Films.
1. Impact a broken world with uplifting content.
The Old Testament contains 4,000 years of content. This series is a rare opportunity to create inspiring content for generations to come and has the potential to be a legacy project with exponential, lasting impact. You can become part of the legacy and support a mission to make scripture relatable to modern audiences
2. Prevent foundational stories from being misunderstood.
The stories of The Bible are misunderstood by Hollywood. Dramatic retellings of the text make the stories and characters un-relatable and sometimes unrecognizable. These are stories shared by the entire human family and should be preserved through honest, entertaining depictions of God’s relationship with his people.
3. Artistic, dramatic, and true to the Biblical and historical texts
The Covenant is guided by leading Old Testament biblical scholars like Dr. John Walton of Wheaton College. We will deliver honest depictions of characters as they appear in scripture and other historical texts. These are humans with real experiences whose stories will be told without sacrificing authenticity by the award-winning directors and writers working on the project.
4. A massive opportunity for change.
The Bible is central to the history of all of Western civilization. It's the common heritage of the entire Judeo-Christian world. Supporting The Covenant allows you to build something influential that brings people around the world back to these cherished stories, and back to God.
The Power of The Covenant
There are not many stories worth telling more than those of The Bible. These are stories that are foundational to our lives, communities, and civilization, but are at real risk of disappearing from our culture. We are dedicated to making the stories of the Old Testament into entertaining and uplifting media experiences worth watching.
We started Cayo Films to tell powerful stories—like the stories of The Covenant. These stories are often misunderstood and even in danger of being forgotten. We want to prevent that. Future generations deserve to have approachable, engaging content that exposes the human experience through the lens of God and His people. Cayo Films is our effort to unite those people into a community that can fund quality content starting with the greatest stories ever told in the Bible.
The Team Behind The Covenant
From award-winning creatives to biblical scholars to seasoned industry leaders, meet the team behind The Covenant.
All investors, regardless of amount, are eligible for the following perks.
Digital Copy of the Pilot
25% Friends and Family Viewing Discount
In addition, all investors who invest a minimum of $1,000 during the first 45 days of the offering are considered Early Investors. The Early Investors will be given additional shares in an amount equal to 10% of the Shares issued to such investor. Please see the company's Form C for full details on Investor Perks.
Includes all previous perks (except for the Early Investors perk) plus investor will receive a 35% discount off the purchase price for season 1 of The Covenant.
25% Discount on All Seasons
Includes all previous perks (except for the Early Investors perk) plus a 25% discount off normal purchase price for all future seasons of The Covenant.
Behind the Scenes
Includes all previous perks (except for the Early Investors perk) plus investor will be given the opportunity to visit the production set of The Covenant for 2 days during filming, which will include lunch with the director and photographs with cast and directors on set, subject to the investment being made prior to commencement of filming of the Pilot. Travel and expenses will be at each investor’s cost.
Become an Extra
Includes all previous perks (except for the Early Investors perk) plus investor will be given the opportunity to be a “extra” in the Pilot, subject to the investment being made prior to commencement of filming of the Pilot. Travel and expenses will be at each investor’s cost.
Attend Pilot Premier
Includes all previous perks (except for the Early Investors perk) plus investor receives 2 tickets to attend the Pilot premier, walk the red-carpet event. Travel and expenses will be at each investor’s cost.
Includes all previous perks (except for the Early Investors perk) plus 2 tickets to the Pilot premier party with Cayo Films’ executives, producers, creator, director, cast and crew. Travel and expenses will be at each investor’s cost.
Visit the Set
Includes all previous perks (except for the Early Investors perk) plus 2 coach class airfare and 4-star accommodations for 3 nights to the production set of The Covenant.
Includes all previous perks except for the Early Investors perk and the $100,000+ Investment tier, plus 2 first class airfare and 4-star accommodations for 3 nights to the production set of The Covenant.
Executive Producer Credits
Includes all previous perks (except for the Early Investors perk) plus investor(s) will be named as an executive producer. Placement and size of the credit is at sole discretion of Cayo Films, in all of the Productions.
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What is your relationship to the Chosen?
The Covenant and Cayo Films are completely separate from The Chosen. Our CEO is the former CFO of The Chosen and the Registered Agent for their season 1 fundraising. We applaud the work The Chosen has done and are excited to bring audiences the Old Testament stories they love.
Why do I need to enter my SSN when making an investment?
You may be prompted to provide your SSN to complete an investment, which is required under U.S federal law. We collect this data to verify who you are and to make sure you are not on a list that would prevent the startup from doing business with you. We want everyone to be able to invest.
Is The Covenant politically affiliated?
The Covenant and Cayo Films have no political affiliation with any party. Just as there is room for the entire human family and dozens of religions within the Bible, we believe there is room for all perspectives in The Covenant.
Why did you choose Andrew Klavan as the screenwriter?
Andrew Klavan is an award-winning writer for drama and suspense. As a convert to Christanity, he also believes strongly in the Bible’s impact and importance, and believes that audiences deserve to have compelling depictions of Bible stories that are true to the text. We are excited to see his award-winning writing bring Daniel to life in the pilot of The Covenant.
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How will God be represented?
The main character in each episode of The Covenant will be the person who lived the experiences, such as Daniel, Esther, Abraham, or Ruth. The stories of their experiences place God as a part of every episode without the need for direct depiction.
How is this different from other biblical movies or series?
Much of the current Old Testament content is either a historical documentary or a dramatization of Bible events. The depictions often aggrandize the characters or include political commentary, which detracts from the central messages of the scriptures. The Covenant stays true to the text by connecting viewers to the stories they know and love without losing the authenticity of the biblical and other historical texts.
I’m not religious. Why should I still support this project?
The stories of The Covenant are at the heart of our civilization. We believe they are central to the fabric that weaves us together as a society and that there is room for the entire human family in these stories regardless of an individual’s church, faith, or beliefs. Supporting The Covenant supports uplifting and inspiring messages that can strengthen viewers individually and unite viewers collectively around common values and beliefs.
For whom is The Covenant being made?
The series is not made for a specific faith or group. There are dozens of different religions with beliefs rooted in the Old Testament. Each person has their own interpretation of the same events, so by telling the stories truthfully to the text, The Covenant will honor the stories without making religious commentary for any particular faith.