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Rating: 5 stars  

Outstanding place to Volunteer with "From the Heart Productions Inc". I loved working with everyone.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I first interacted with FTH when I submitted for their film production grant last year. Although, my proposal didn't end up working out Carole and her team were more than accommodating. They are seasoned, professional and generous.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I still remember the wonderful Documentary Trailblazer course I took eight years ago at From The Heart Productions, lead by its founder Carole Dean. It was a stepping stone in my path towards documentary filmmaking. Since then, Carole Dean has been a mentor and a great advisor in my film projects and a beacon and an inspiration all along. Soon after that course I started my latest film, SANDS OF SILENCE: Waves of Courage documentary film, which went on to win one of the Roy W. Dean Grants created by From The Heart. The grant was key to encourage others to contribute to a highly successful crowdfunding campaign allowing us to get the film ready for outreach and distribution. As we start to rip the fruits of our eight years of effort invested in this labor of love film, I cannot but feel grateful to Carole Dean and the From The Heart team for having been my first believers and having encouraged me to never give up.

As fiscal sponsor, From The Heart has sponsored two of my film projects as well as the non-profit projects stemming from my social issue films, such as The Masala Project, an income-generation project for sex-trafficking survivors in Nepal. As fiscal sponsors, they are reliable, agile, and prompt in delivering the funds they collect in my projects name.

From The Heart really exceeded my expectations by far.

Chelo Alvarez-Stehle
Producer/Director/Writer
www.sandsofsilence.org

In the picture, Chelo Alvarez-Stehle receives the Roy W. Dean Grant Award in 2015 for SANDS OF SILENCE: Waves of Courage from Carole Joyce, member of the Board of Directors of From The Heart Productions.
Watch SANDS OF SILENCE 2:30 min. Official Trailer below

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2016

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Leonardo Foti and I'm an Independent Film Maker. I'm truly honored to write this review in support of From The Heart Productions. The way they supported me as a film maker as well as my project is unlike anything I experienced in this business. Both Carole Lee Dean and Carole Joyce were extremely dedicated and helped me connect with key people in the business to further my project and opened up numerous paths to financing through their sponsorship program. I am grateful to have met them and to have joined forces with this wonderful organization, they really work FROM THE HEART!

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I found "From the Heart" very supportive and most of all very informative in moving forward with my projects. They help you see the many options and avenues one has in order to get your project on the right path especially legally and support you thru the way. I highly recommend "From the Heart" .
Cherrilyn Silvat

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

At From the Heart, all of us are very sorry for the experience the previous writer had with our non-profit that resulted in so many misconceptions about us.

As a proud board member of this great organization, its clear we need to improve explaining who we are, how much we can do for filmmakers, and how dedicated we are to helping them get their films funded.

Founded in 1993, From the Heart is a certified 501(c)3 non-profit. We are registered with the state of California and the IRS. You can find our 990’s on Guidestar.

Our mission is to help filmmakers get their films funded. Through our Roy W. Dean Grant, we’ve given filmmakers over $2 million to date in cash and donated film services. Our fiscal sponsorship program aids hundreds of filmmakers yearly raise money by helping them win grants and giving their donors tax deductible donations. Our Intentional Filmmaking Class teaches filmmakers who are artists the ins and outs of how to get money for their films.

The film community is big, but credible information on our work and references abound. Perhaps it was difficult for them to find because we support so many “underdog” filmmakers. They’ve got unique projects that contribute to society that need to be told, but are facing funding obstacles. It could be either because of the content or lack of filmmaking experience. Many are years in the making.

But, to find out about our work, you can start by checking out our 23 years of grant winners at http://fromtheheartproductions.com/previous-winners/ We’re very proud of them and the awards many of them have won.

Check out our reviews from filmmakers http://www.genbook.com/bookings/slot/reservation/30184015/reviews/

Or, view all the films that we currently fiscally sponsor https://fromtheheartproductions.givecorps.com/

You can also check us out with Indiegogo. https://www.indiegogo.com/partners/fthp We were one of the first non-profits they contacted to partner with them. Since 2011, we’ve helped filmmakers raise over $2 million crowdfunding with them.

Founder and President Carole Dean is hardly unknown. She has devoted her life to aiding filmmakers in their efforts to get their films made. Before From the Heart, she invented an industry by buying back left over film stock from features then reselling it at a discount to independent filmmakers. This enabled many filmmakers in the 70’s and 80’s to actually get their films made.

She started From the Heart after seeing that the filmmakers she worked with had so much trouble and lack of experience raising money for their films. Using her own money, she set up the Roy W. Dean Grant and asked her industry contacts to donate their services.

Carole authored “The Art of Film Funding: 2nd Edition: Alternative Financing Concepts”. She was invited to teach at New York Film Academy and has appeared on film industry panels as an expert in film funding, independent filmmaking, and crowdfunding. In 2012, she received the lifetime achievement award from Women in Film and Television Showcase (WIFTS).

She also gives every fiscally sponsored filmmaker a free consultation. The project and materials are reviewed beforehand. Speaking with the filmmaker, Carole offers advice on improving their trailer, pitch, and outreach to investors or donors.

I've attached three videos and a photo just in case there is any doubt left at to who we are and our mission.

The first is a video of Carole Dean explaining the benefits of fiscal sponsorship with From the Heart.

The second is Carole Dean's acceptance speech for the lifetime achievement award bestowed on her by WIFTS.

The third is a video of Carole explaining how you can manifest money for your film. This is among the many video Carole has created for filmmakers which can be found at our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWewuxELt6nUDburbM_2PbQ

The picture is one of Carole presenting the Roy W. Dean Grant award plaque to winner Leslie Neale.

To all filmmakers and donors, as well as the writer who was unsure of what we did, check out our website at www.fromtheheartproductions.com. Please call us 805-984-0098 or email us at info@fromtheheartproductions or caroleleedean@gmail.com if you have any questions or comments about us.

We look forward to continue supporting independent filmmakers and helping them get their films made.

Richard Kaufman
Board Member
From the Heart Productions

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

I have done countless hours of researching From The Heart Productions and aside from their own website tooting their own horn, or a directory that lists non-profits without doing any real background investigating on them, I can't find not one lick of credible information on this company. I am however coming up with red flag after red flag. I am writing this to advise other filmmakers seeking fiscal support that this company can not be verified as legit, not with the Better Business Bureau, not with any filmmakers that I've asked, and I've asked hundreds, including communities of filmmakers. Not one lick of credible evidence. I am calling into question any website directory that lists them as a "great nonprofit" - how much research have you done on this outfit? I bet fist over dollar it's a scam. Who is Carole Dean? Why do none of the credible and established producers and directors I know have a clue who she is? All this company can do for you is giving you tips on how to crowd fund. And anyone who tells you to crowd fund for your film is telling to you act like a bum and beg your friends & family for their pennies. Scam! RED FLAG SCAM!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

From the Heart productions, led by film industry legend Carole Dean, has been a powerful voice in the film industry for over 20 years. The Roy W. Dean Film Grant continues to put forth the most significant life-changing, culture-altering films anywhere in the world. This is one film grant that makes a difference in a positive way in our world.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

From The Heart Productions has for over 20 years provided support for documentarians and filmmakers with projects that are unique and make a contribution to society. Their Roy W. Dean Grant has provided over $2,000,000 in film, film services, and production services to help projects get completed. Carole Dean, the president of From The Heart Productions, generously gives her time to judge each submission. She offers them help with words of support and tips to improve their project gleaned from years of experience in working with filmmakers. She takes a personal interest in each one. Some filmmakers submit their projects just to get some of her invaluable funding, script, and editing advice.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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