From the Heart Productions is dedicated to helping independent filmmakers with unique films that contribute to society get their films funded. They can include narrative films, documentaries, short films, and web series with compelling and powerful stories, told with passion.
When Carole Dean created a company that bought left over film stock from production, she also created an opportunity for independent filmmakers. It finally gave them a chance to make their film by making film stock affordable (the only medium available to shoot on at the time). It’s no coincidence that the beginning of her business coincided with the renaissance of independent film in the 70’s.
Through her company, she got to know and appreciate the filmmakers she helped and the struggle they faced in getting their projects to the screen. Having talent, passion, and a commercial idea helped in getting financing for a film. But, those with the first two and an story that was extraordinary, tackled social issues, that needed to be told, sometimes never got funded.
Her father, who worked with her, also saw their plight. She caught him giving film away to filmmaker T. Bart Hawkins, who was desperate to get funding for his documentary, “Hopilavi”, which told of the plight of the Hopi Indians to preserve their language. When her father passed away, Carole wanted to continue what her father had begun. She founded From the Heart Productions.
What it Means
It means we love films and want to help them get made. Documentaries, features, shorts, webisodes, and whatever other forms the future holds for the art form.
It means we love filmmakers. We love their artistry and their commitment. We especially appreciate those that take risks and tackle important themes and stories that others ignore.
We know that its a struggle for these filmmakers to get those films produced. The most difficult task for a filmmaker is to have to create while trying to raise money. Our goal is to make it easier for them to get funding so they can concentrate on their work.
That’s why we founded the Roy W. Dean Grants. It supplies money, services, and goods to a filmmaker when they need to keep their project going.
It’s why we became a fiscal sponsor. Donors seem to contribute more when their donations are tax deductible. Also, it gives filmmakers trying to raise money a chance at recieving grant money.
It’s why we crowdfund. We are partners with Indiegogo and fiscally sponsor films on Kickstarter, Seed & Spark, and other platforms.
It’s also why we created our Intentional Filmmaker Class, offer consultations, hold events, supply articles on getting your film funded, and more.
Our office is in California, but we assist filmmakers across the country and around the world.
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