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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities

Mission: To educate filmmakers on funding films that make a contribution to society. To support films partially completed by gifting goods and services and cash donations to complete important historic and timely documentaries and features.

Programs: Taught filmmakers how to apply for grants to fund important historical documentary films. Taught filmmakers how to have parties and raise money, how to write letters and ask for financing for important documentaries. We helped 6 films get funding and 3 of them were completed.

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36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wow! What can I say except, Carole and her staff are truly amazing. From The Heart Productions have been my Fiscal Sponsor for a few years now. Carole never tires of hearing from me, nor is she too busy to respond. Her countless videos, her books, workshops, podcasts, the extraordinary amount of endless hours in helping Indie filmmakers, she is truly an amazing, caring lady! I think her actual concern about our success is what sets her apart. She truly does care and she is brilliant. Her experience and knowledge of the film Industry is phenomenal. You will not go wrong in joining with From The Heart! Carole, thank you!

Helen Hall

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first met Carole Dean when I applied for the Roy W. Dean Grant, and From The Heart Productions has been the fiscal sponsor for 'Pictures of Infinity', my documentary film project, since then. Carole has written 'The Art of Film Funding', an invaluable resource that guides readers through the filmmaking process from concept to completion, and she also shares her phenomenal enthusiasm, knowledge and experience through personal consultations, classes, podcasts, blog posts and newsletters. It is this unprecedented, unique and personal support that Carole and her team at From The Heart Productions offer filmmakers and their projects, that is making production of Pictures of Infinity possible. For independent filmmakers who so often work in isolation, it is here you will find guidance, support and community. I cannot recommend From The Heart Productions highly enough!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For my first documentary I was concerned about funding and where I would get guidance on how to finalize the project. With a topic like autism and such an important precedence I was hoping to find some mentors or guidance of some kind, but at first I didn't know where to find the right fit. After researching From the Heart Productions I realized they had so much helpful information and guidance available for filmmakers. I immediately applied for their grant and stated on the plethora of web content and shows they had posted online. Carol Dean was extremely helpful in guiding me through the grant process and even though we didn't get the first one applied for it eventually came through. This grant also launched us into many other creative relationships that have been very educational and productive toward the documentary. Carol takes careful time to help guide each filmmaker in the direction you need to find the answers that matter. Highly recommend checking out all of the online resources and applying for the grant. Take the pitch classes and refine all the skills needed to get the film into the hands of those who matter most!

Chen D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The guys at FTH are patient, and really listen, and try very hard to give you a personalized treatment. It really feels like it's their personal goal to see your project through and accommodate requests, big and small.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough about the phenomenal support I’ve received as a filmmaker from this organization. From The Heart Productions has been my Fiscal Sponsor for a few years now - and I’ve consulted with Carole while developing my project. Carole’s knowledge and experience in the documentary film world has been invaluable. She’s always available to answer my questions and concerns and never fails to amaze me with the solutions she comes up with. You can’t go wrong working with From The Heart Productions.

Client Served

Rating: 5

From the Heart Productions provides a service found nowhere else in America - fundraising support and fiscal sponsorship for beginning filmmakers. Winners of their West and East Coast annual grants win not only cash, but in-kind services from a wide range of industry professionals in lighting, sound, camera and ancillary businesses, which increase the budding filmmakers industry network. Our film won the grant award in 2012, which allowed us to finish post-production on a documentary that went on to win multiple awards and inspired the creation of numerous regional agricultural programs. With their fiscal sponsorship, giving us the umbrella of a non-profit status for donors, we were able to build a national social action campaign that ultimately impacted the lives of thousands of military veterans transitioning into organic farming, and the communities they serve. From the Heart Productions serves as a champion of independent filmmakers, and as noted by Plato many centuries ago, "Those who tell the stories shape the society." With increasing corporate consolidation of all media, independent filmmakers plays a pivotal role in shaping the narrative of our nation. From the Heart makes that dream possible.

painterfilms

Client Served

Rating: 5

All film fiscal sponsor non-profits are not created equally! I learned this through trial and error. When the extremely in-experienced staff at another film fiscal sponsor said they'd never heard of our Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning DP or the blockbuster films he had shot, I decided it was time to move to a more expert organization. My producer introduced me to From The Heart Productions, who were very capable of assessing a proposal, story, budget and roster of experienced personnel. Most importantly, From The Heart recognizes the merit of a project, and the very humbling responsibility that a filmmaker has in presenting a life-changing documentary. The name of this non-profit says it all!

Carole Dean had decades of professional experience in the film industry herself, and wanting to give back, she created From The Heart. She and her team at FTH Productions, Greater Los Angeles, have now had decades of non-profit experience. The depth of their understanding, extensive professional connections to industry personnel and services, and most importantly, an ability to problem solve and think 'outside the box', are assets that filmmakers and donors appreciate and recognize. I felt I had entered an oasis; a community of filmmakers whose vision and talents and their mission to make this world a better place, was valued, nurtured, and supported. We are a giant step closer to fulfilling our mission, thanks to Carole Dean and her team at From The Heart Productions. Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

From the Heart Productions is the fiscal sponsor of our documentary, The Weight of Honor. But more importantly Carole Dean, president of FTH has been the champion, mentor and all-around cheerleader of our film. Carole has always been there to answer my many questions as we've moved through production and, now that The Weight of Honor is completed, she continues to advise us on distribution and outreach.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

From the Heart Productions and its director, Carole Dean, have been a tremendous help in getting my documentary film produced. FTH is my fiscal sponsor, which has made it possible for me to apply for and win grant applications. Carole is an incomparable resource for information about filmmaking and as a support system, too.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Things didn't start happening for our modest production company until we were awarded a Fiscal Sponsorship from From the Heart Productions. Then everything fell into place. From the Heart is an amazing organization and I highly recommend any aspiring filmmaker check them out. They offer quarterly grants that offer thousands of dollars in cash and production services. Carole's "The Art of Film Funding" is a must read for raising money for film productions. And their Fiscal Sponsorship allows filmmakers to raise funds and possibly acquire other corporate sponsorships, such as product donations for independent, low budget productions. The entire staff is absolutely amazing to work with--super nice, total professionals--who really want you to succeed. From the Heart has been absolutely essential to my success and I could not have done it without them!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I applied for a short film grant from From the Heart Productions. First of all, there are very few grants for short films, making it quite difficult to break into the directing field. From the Heart is offering an opportunity for filmmakers that has the capacity to jump-start careers.
While we didn't receive the grant, we opted to receive feedback on our submission, which was invaluable. I received a phone call in which I was given advice on how to improve my submission, other places to apply for money for my film, and tailored suggestions for how to go about making my way with the film. I highly recommend From the Heart to other filmmakers and I intend to continue applying to future rounds of the grant.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

From the Heart Productions, Inc., under the leadership of Carole Dean, has been a key supporter of independent filmmakers like myself for decades. Their grants are frequently the first money and support given a project--which is always the hardest to get and which then can make getting support later from other organizations easier. They continue to offer support services throughout the life of the project--from fiscal sponsorship, pitching, funding and other training classes, to plain old moral support and encouragement along the long road of indie filmmaking. There isn't a better partner for filmmaker than From the Heart Productions, Inc. and Carole Dean, who truly gives "From the Heart" it's heart.

Client Served

Rating: 1

I was promised consultation for my project when it was rejected but never received it. I tried contacting everyone involved, and almost was in a position to receive the feedback after weeks, maybe months of persistence. But the few times I was close, there was always an excuse as to why I cannot receive the consultation and to try again the following week. I found myself trying again for several weeks since, only getting voicemail and leaving dozens of messages that never received a response.

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richka 02/05/2018

We are very sorry for experience. It is very far from our norm as we schedule and conduct interviews 7 days a week. Carole Dean, president of From the Heart Productions would like to make this up for you by giving you 3 free consultations on your project. Please either email her at caroleleedean@gmail.com or call at 805-984-0098

Board Member

Rating: 5

A team with a long history of successfully funding and supporting filmmakers. The offerings of various grants throughout the year makes our organization a very attractive funding source. Not only are our grants an option, we also fiscally sponsor filmmakers and have been doing so for many years. As an organization our focus is on ensuring our clients reach their goals. We manage very closely and conservatively our operating funds so as to offer reasonably affordable services to our clients. We take the time required to work with clients to help them complete their projects. It's not about rushing a client to completion. For us it's about making sure the client's project is viable, sustainable and able to reach their target audience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I discovered Carole Dean and From the Heart Productions when I applied for a development grant for a documentary film idea I had percolating. Carole Dean called me personally to tell me that while I did not get the grant, she loved the film idea and my application and encouraged me to be in touch. After hanging up the phone I felt so grateful and moved by the care this woman took with me, I decided to share my feature film script with her, a project I had worked on for several years. I decided to apply for her Guardian Angel Program. Working with Carole weekly has been an enormous boost to my confidence and helped me further my growing film projects. Carole's presence, attention to detail, and experience are consistently expressed through her honest and encouraging words. She really SEES, listens, and guides with genuine kindness and intelligence. I am so happy I discovered From the Heart Productions and most especially, Carole Dean. My films are better for it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

From the Heart Productions says it all in the name, they truly are from the heart. The generosity, information and help you receive from day one, makes you feel like you have finally found your family, you are safe to go big and create, and are so taken care of and loved up! They have amazing materials on everything film and they offer such great education, guidance and help. When you call, a person answers and is helpful!! There hearts are really in the right place and I think Carole Dean is truly one of life's precious gems. Saying I am grateful for them is a massive understatement as they have helped me to fulfill my life's biggest dreams and because of that I get to work with my favorite people on earth!! I love my team and our extended family at From The Heart!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been mentored by From the Heart Productions for three years. They have been instrumental in the promotion of my television pilot project, "1 23...Infinity". I have received invaluable wisdom in areas of fundraising, finding an audience and social media promotions. The have also helped in finding my Director and other peers for collaboration. Carol Lee Dean, the President, is always available to consult and her direction and guidance always comes "from the heart"!

Client Served

Rating: 5

From the Heart Productions has given me the tools, resources, encouragement, and motivation to secure the financing for my socially conscious, independent feature film. Their Fiscal Sponsorship program has taken my film to a whole new level, opening up our project to government grants, as well as allowing our film to partner with like-minded non-profit organizations. Their Intentional Filmmaking Class was vital! Carole Dean's positivity, mindfulness techniques, and practical business savvy, has given me the confidence I lacked, to believe in myself, believe in my film, and believe in my ability to get it made.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Carole Dean is the president of this organization and the name "From the Heart" says it all. Carole is like a guardian angle to independent filmmakers. Her kindness and generosity are unmatched. She has seemingly endless energy to put towards her passion of helping filmmakers make movies that make the world a better and more interesting place. She makes time to carefully consider the work of even unknown filmmakers. And she gives them the benefit of her advice and wisdom to improve their work. I really can't say enough good things about Carole, her staff, and From the Heart Productions!

Client Served

Rating: 4

From The Heart Productions has been my fiscal sponsor for my documentary GENERATION ZAPPED. I raised over $1250,000 USD through them because donors want to do tax deductible donations. From The Heart has made timely payments. Not only I received fiscal sponsorship from them but also creative support. I strongly recommend this non profit.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

From The Heart Productions offers Film Grants, Fiscal Sponsorship, Film Funding Courses, Private Consulting, and a Fundraising Platform to filmmakers who want to get their films made. Their team is helpful and friendly and their aim really is for your film to succeed. From The Heart awards three Roy W. Dean grants per year, which include a ton of film services for pre, production, and post, so the grant winner's project has the resources to get completed. This non-profit is truly focused on helping indie filmmakers obtain funding for their unique films.