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From the Heart Productions Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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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28 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!

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

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.

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am Producer/Scriptwriter/author. From the Heart Productions, Inc. has been my fiscal sponsor for my short film, feature film, and children's chapter book for over the past seven years. I really like their on line feature for helping with fund raising. It is very useful.

Short Film Funding Web Site: https://fromtheheartproductions.networkforgood.com/projects/6836-shorts-la-fuente-the-fountain
Children's Chapter Book Funding Web Site: https://fromtheheartproductions.networkforgood.com/projects/10335-books-mr-grumbles
Feature Film Funding Web Site: https://fromtheheartproductions.networkforgood.com/projects/7231-feature-films-reasons

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with From The Heart Productions for several years - first as a member of the Carole Dean's group the "Intentional Filmmaking class". Following my second round in the class, From The Heart Productions became my Fiscal Sponsor on two of my projects.. I choose this non-profit as a Fiscal Sponsor among several others, for the intimate attention and hands-on designed advices each film and filmmaker are offered on their journey. Tools are tools but Its President Carole Dean, not only closely follows each filmmaker through their process but continually offers advice and alternative approaches to fundraising and distribution. The access to discounts on film services are also a huge plus! What I love the most about Carole Dean is her unorthodox, intuitive guidance about following the unbeaten paths facing all of us in this process.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The people in this nonprofit are reliable and efficient. They give good advice !

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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