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.
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.
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.
I have done countless hours of researching From The Heart Productions and aside from their own website tooting their own horn, or a directory that lists non-profits without doing any real background investigating on them, I can't find not one lick of credible information on this company. I am however coming up with red flag after red flag. I am writing this to advise other filmmakers seeking fiscal support that this company can not be verified as legit, not with the Better Business Bureau, not with any filmmakers that I've asked, and I've asked hundreds, including communities of filmmakers. Not one lick of credible evidence. I am calling into question any website directory that lists them as a "great nonprofit" - how much research have you done on this outfit? I bet fist over dollar it's a scam. Who is Carole Dean? Why do none of the credible and established producers and directors I know have a clue who she is? All this company can do for you is giving you tips on how to crowd fund. And anyone who tells you to crowd fund for your film is telling to you act like a bum and beg your friends & family for their pennies. Scam! RED FLAG SCAM!