The name says it all: From the Heart.
For making it to the top 20 applications for a summer grant (yay) I was awarded a 15-minute phone call with Carol Joyce.
What a warm and enthusiastic person, full of interest, ideas, contacts and practical offers of help.
It’s rare to find an organization or person with so much enthusiasm and energy for mentoring creative work.
Thank you Carole! You rock!
I had a phone call with Carole Joyce at From the Heart Productions where she gave me lots of practical advice for my documentary project. I applied for the Roy W. Dean Grant, and I think it's so wonderful that you get to talk to someone from the organization when you apply. That's not something that is offered by many similar organizations that I have been exploring, and I think it will prove to be very valuable for my project and my professional development. I really appreciate what From the Heart Productions does, and I hope that they will get to continue their important work for years to come.
I applied for From The Heart Productions' Roy W Dean Grant this spring. Although I was not awarded the grant, I spoke to Carole Joyce by phone and got feedback about how to improve my application. It's unusual that a granting organization will take the time to give that kind of attention to all of their applicants! I strongly believe in FTHP's mission to help filmmakers get the resources they need to create films that benefit all of us.
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.
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
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!