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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.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.


Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar