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From the Heart Productions Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities

Mission: To support and educate filmmakers on funding films that are unique and 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.

Community Stories

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

1 Sara L.5

Advisor

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure to meet and collaborate with Carole Dean and Carole Joyce. They are fantastic, kind, hard working people. They believe in the people they help and all of their projects are very high quality. I feel really lucky I met them

Genevieve A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

From the get-go, From the Heart has been remarkably responsive and supportive, unlike any organization I have ever dealt with. Carole Dean’s core mission of coming from authenticity, vision, and heart is seemed into everything they do. They have remarkable integrity. They demonstrate that they care about my success through their actions, which feels great as an independent filmmaker. I feel so fortunate to have them as my fiscal sponsor!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Phenomenal organization. A professional non profit heart felt support to the art of filmmaking. Dedicated group of people that are inspired to employ social change and fantastic lives.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Carole Joyce and her Mom Ms. Dean are the Best. Their contribution to the film community is Amazing. They really care.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

From The Heart Productions is a wonderful company who fiscally sponsors films. Carole Dean and her team go above and beyond to support filmmakers through their journey to get their films from concept to finished product. A distinguished author of a book on film funding, Carole is well-versed in the art of film funding and the many components of film-funding and gladly shares that knowledge. She attracts filmmakers who seek to make this world a better place through entertainment and meaningful documentaries.

I enjoy working with them in a support capacity and seeing all the wonderful finished products.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Carole Dean and From the Heart Productions. I met Carol on completely different business, she was looking for a Kangen Water machine and I am among other things a Kangen Water distributor in her area. When I met her she told me that she has been in the movie business for over 30 years and about her company From The Heart Productions. I told her I was working on my first film project as a producer on a documentary on the Negro Baseball Leagues called The Untold Truth. www.theuntoldtruth.com
When I explained the project she loved the idea and not only gave us a fiscal sponsorship but has been consulting me with various issues that come up and has referred us to various professionals including our lawyer. She helped us with our donation landing page on our web site and I have already received lot’s of checks from her to keep the project rolling.
I have learned so much about fundraising from Carole and she has turned me on to some books and videos that have been real helpful to me. Her website is full of great info and her Saturday Morning calls have taught me a lot in a very short time.
Carole is a wonderful, smart, kind and compassionate woman and I really appreciate her and look forward to taking her to the premiere of our documentary when it gets done.

2 Kelly G.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

From the Heart Productions has been very hands. They are a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to helping filmmakers get their projects funded and made.
Besides providing funding through the grant, they are also a fiscal sponsor which allows donations made to films they sponsor to be tax deductible. They also provide a weekly pod cast with discussions and training to educate and inspire film makers.
Always in the Art,
Professor Kelly Galindo
26secondsdoc.com

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working closely with Ms. Carole Joyce on a project & I can truly state the truth: she is an incredibly giving & nurturing individual. I approached From The Heart Productions with a project & not only did they see the value in it but have picked it up & are in the process of bringing it to fruition. I give them the highest recommendation humanly possible!!! They are truly a rare entity. Bottom line: they care about the filmmaker & their project!!! How many entities these days can honestly say that?

Looking earnestly forward to a long lasting relationship with From The Heart Productions. They are very, very special people. If you have the great fortune to work with them, that will become obvious rather quickly ;

2 Helen Hall

Client Served

Rating: 5

Carole Dean and her team at From The Heart Productions continue to offer fiscally-sponsored filmmakers an unprecedented level of personalized support for their projects. Their film funding guidance classes are only the latest addition to a series of outstanding resources offered, including grants, fiscal sponsorship, a fundraising platform, podcasts, books, videos, and personal consultations. They not only guide the filmmaker through the often challenging and lengthy time of film production, but create a supportive community around filmmakers in the process. Those seeking fiscal sponsorship will not find a more knowledgeable, inspiring and caring partner for their film projects than From The Heart Productions and Carole Dean.

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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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

From the Heart Productions has been very hands on and supportive as a fiscal sponsor. They offer weekly seminars and podcast for film makers and also make personal conference calls with film makers who they represent as a fiscal sponsor. They also encourage fundraising with Network for Good to help raise funding to complete production and/or post-production.
Always in the Art,
Kelly Galindo
26secondsdoc.com

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.

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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.

1 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.