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The Preferred Pricing Program for E&O insurance offers exceptional rates and service from of the leading providers of insurance in the entertainment industry.
E&O, Errors and Omissions, insurance covers legal liability and defense for the production company against lawsuits alleging unauthorized use of titles, formats, ideas, characters, plots, plagiarism, unfair competition or privacy, breach of contract.
It also protects against alleged libel, slander, defamation of character or invasion of privacy. This coverage will usually be required by a distributor, broadcaster or financier prior to the release of any theatrical or television production. Production financing will usually not flow until E&O coverage is in force.
“Getting this program has been a dream of mine for some time.” said Carole Dean, President of From the Heart Productions, “With tight budgets, independent filmmakers a need a break on the cost of essential insurance.”
“Thanks to Kent Hamilton of Front Row Insurance and the tremendous work he put in to make this program a reality. It shows his dedication to these filmmakers and to helping them out however possible.”
To get more information on preferred pricing and to get a quote, qualified filmmakers need to email Carole Dean of From The Heart Productions at .
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About From The Heart Productions
From The Heart Productions is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to helping filmmakers get their projects 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. President Carole Dean is the best-selling author of “The Art of Film Funding” which is now in its second edition.
Winners of Summer and Fall Grant to receive 40% discount on editing for trailers
From The Heart Productions welcomes video editor Aaron Garcia as a donor for the Roy W. Dean Grant for Summer and Fall. Aaron brings 15 years of experience as a video editor to the grant. The winner of those grants will receive a 40% discount off his services for editing their trailers.
Aaron has worked with companies such as Apple Computers, Comcast, HGTV, and The Recording Academy. He is comfortable in Avid, Final Cut Pro 7 and X, Premiere, Motion, After Effects, and Photoshop. Besides trailers, Aaron also edits narrative, reality, documentary, and corporate videos.
Currently, Aaron is the director, editor, writer, and cinematographer of the web series “We are Angels”. It’s a web based fantasy series with a unique blend of storytelling, surreal imagery, and dramatic performance. It offers a new modern take on the world of Angels and Demons. The series was an official selection Marseille Web Festival 2012 and winner of best cinematography at Hollyweb Festival in 2014.
For over 23 years, the Roy W. Dean Grant seeks films that are unique and make a contribution to society. Submissions for the Summer and Fall Roy W. Dean Grant begin May 1st, 2015. Submissions are now being accepted for the Roy W. Dean Spring Grant. Deadline is April 30th, 2015.
Winning documentary explores director’s search for the mother she never knew through their shared love of photography.
From The Heart Productions, the film funding non-profit that oversees the Roy W. Dean Film Grant, has awarded the 2014 Summer Film Grant to director Rachel Seed for her documentary “A Photographic Memory”. Rachel will receive nearly $30,000 in film services and cash to help her complete her project.
Contact Sheet by Sheila Turner-Seed
Thirty years after the death of her mother, Sheila Turner-Seed, photographer Rachel Elizabeth Seed discovers her work—interviews with some of the greatest photographers of the 20th Century, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lisette Model and W. Eugene Smith—in her father’s garage. When she threads the audio reels and presses play, she hears her mother’s voice for the first time since she was a baby. Rachel finds it familiar and comforting, and is transformed by the experience.
Wanting to know more about her mother and to revitalize and honor her work, Rachel revisits the photographers, as well as her mother’s friends and family, to learn who she was while also looking at how photography can help preserve memory and reconnect us with those we have lost.
Rachel Seed and Mother
Through this process, Rachel reconnects to her mother by discovering how much they have in common: their looks, ambition, career paths, and desire to settle down and have a family. However, in order to move on with her own life, Rachel comes to realize she must set herself apart from Sheila, and to do that must find out if she has the same genetic predisposition to early death that took her mother’s life. Rachel’s ability to forge her own path hinges on these medical results.our country.
“In A Photographic Memory, I go on a journey to learn – through our shared profession – about the mother I never knew but whom I so desperately need to know.” Rachel explained on her Kickstarter campaign page for her film.
“I am blending my mother’s 1970s interviews with my own footage, creating a posthumous mother-daughter collaboration that connects me to my mother while re-examining the course of the careers of some of the most influential photographers in the history of the medium.”
Growing up surrounded by photography, Rachel Seed became a photographer nearly 20 years ago and has run a successful freelance business for the past few years, while also earning an MFA from Indiana University (in progress since 2009). Since 2006, she has conducted 35 video interviews internationally of women and men whose mothers died when they were young, also photographing them.
This work has been supported by several grants including the Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, The Yarka Vendrinska Memorial Award at the Maine Media Workshops, and a World Affairs Council Association grant for international travel, and exhibited in Russia and the United States. She was also named a Top 25 Artist at 3rd Ward Brooklyn’s annual contest in 2010.
About the Roy W. Dean Grant
Now in its 23rd year, the Roy W. Dean Grant funds unique films that make a contribution to society. It gives filmmakers with great stories, told with passion, the funding to get their projects started or completed. Films submitted to the grant can be short films, documentaries or features from early stages of pre-production to those needing help in post.
The grant has been integral in making sure that talented artists with great stories get their films produced. Recent past winners of the grant that have been completed include the award winning “Heist: Who Stole the American Dream” and “The Winding Stream: An Oral History of the Carter and Cash Family” which is now showing in film festivals around North America.
About From The Heart Productions
From The Heart Productions is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to helping filmmakers get their projects 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. From The Heart has raised over $1.5 million for crowdfunding films as a partner with Indiegogo. President Carole Dean is the best-selling author of “The Art of Film Funding” which is now in its second edition.
The 2015 Roy W. Dean Spring Grant is now accepting submissions. Cash value has increased this year to $3,500. If you’d like to submit your project, please go to the Roy W. Dean Grant Application Page and follow instructions. The deadline for submissions is April 30th 2015.
As filmmaker, Jen Senko, tries to understand the transformation of her father from a non political, life-long Democrat to an angry, Right-Wing fanatic, she uncovers the forces behind the media that changed him completely: a plan by Roger Ailes under Nixon for a media takeover by the GOP, The Powell Memo urging business leaders to influence institutions of public opinion, especially the universities, the media and the courts, and under Reagan, the dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine. As her journey continues, we discover that her father is part of a much broader demographic, and that the story is one that affects us all. Through interviews with media luminaries, cognitive linguists, grassroots activist groups such as: such as Noam Chomsky, Steve Rendall, Jeff Cohen, Eric Boehlert, George Lakoff, STOP RUSH, HearYourselfThink and others, “Brainwashing” unravels the plan to shift the country to the Right over the last 30 years, largely through media manipulation. The result has lead to fewer voices, less diversity of opinion, massive intentional misinformation and greater division of our country. This documentary will shine a light on how it happened (and is still happening) and lead to questions about who owns the airwaves, what rights we have as listeners/watchers and what responsibility does our government have to keep the airwaves truly fair, accurate and accountable to the truth.
2008 Fall Grant Winner “Red Dust” documented dangers faced by China factory workers to Red Cadium Dust
The Roy W. Dean Grant funds films that are unique and make a contribution to society. Films submitted are in various stages of production that range from just a proposal to those needing help to complete post-production. All have provocative, affecting stories that without the grant’s help may never be told.
The grant consists of $2,500 in cash contributed by From The Heart Productions as well as free and discounted services and film products from heartfelt donors. These donations include a film score, animation, legal fees, photography and more that will aid the winner in getting their film finished. A complete list of donors can be found at http://fromtheheartproductions.com/donors/
Finalists for the 2014 Roy W. Dean Film Grant include short films, documentaries, and features. They cover a wide range of subjects and tone. Out of these 22 projects, a top group of 5 will be selected by From The Heart. These 5 will be sent to the final judges. The winner will be announced in December. A complete list of finalists, their projects, as well as contact information can be found at http://fromtheheartproductions.com/finalist-fall-grant/
“We’ve got short films that make you laugh and documentaries that will make you think and break your heart” said Carole Dean, President of From The Heart Productions which oversees the grant. “The exceptional quality of the work and variety makes the judges task all that more difficult.”
For some finalists, this is their second or third attempt to win the Grant. Those that have applied 3 times have the opportunity to be considered for the Jury Prize. The Jury Prize is a $500 cash prize awarded for courageous filmmaking by filmmakers with great heart who, through their devotion and dedication, are staying the course creating a unique film that contributes to society.
Britt Penrod Audience Award
All finalists are also eligible to compete for the Britt Penrod Audience Award. Finalists for each grant can post trailers or clips from their films on the Britt Penrod Audience Award Facebook Contest Page to compete for a $250 prize. Anyone can vote on the films posted. The contest runs from November 10th to November 30th.
So impressive was the quality of work and the passion for so many of the projects over the years, that a new “Special Mention” category was created in 2014. It honors exceptional work that may not be quite ready for the finals…but not by much. A list of those projects receiving special mention can be viewed at http://fromtheheartproductions.com/roy-w-dean-grant-special-mention/
Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart… Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
Reading film proposals for indie features, documentaries, and short films is a passion of mine. That’s a good thing since I read over five hundred proposals and view over a thousand trailers a year for my Roy W. Dean Film Grants. Filmmakers frequently ask me how they can improve their applications.
Film Grantors or investors are usually under a deadline to read and make a decision on something that should never be judged: your art. Your potential funder is probably reviewing hundreds of proposals, one right after the other, so you need to find a way to make your proposal unique.
The Right Introduction
The introduction or synopsis is the most critical element in the proposal. It is the first thing I read when I pick up a new film proposal. It tells me how compelling the project is and reveals how passionate the filmmaker is about it.
It should tell me a visual story of the film. Sponsors use the synopsis during the selection process as a way of categorizing and separating one type of film from another. If your synopsis is dynamic and is strategically placed on your application, it will remain active in the sponsor’s mind.
This is where your sticky story works for you. It’s important to have a concise overview of the film that gives us that visual description and tells a story with emotion, surprise, concrete information, credibility, etc. I can pitch you films that entered my grants over 10 years ago because I can remember a sticky story.
Let a Picture Help Tell Your Story
This is a visual industry, yet only 10% of the applications I receive include pictures. That always amazes me. Since the person reading your proposal is probably very visual, consider dropping a few pictures or graphics into your proposal.
Roy W. Dean Grant Winner “Mosaic of Life”
Or, how about submitting a picture of yourself with your application? Include a photograph taken during your last film shoot –something that shows you in action, behind the camera or giving direction. Even if it’s just your student ID, put that shining smile on the page and let us see who you are! Passion, perseverance, and personalization are what you need to win grants, so don’t be afraid to put your heart on your sleeve to win that grant!
Have You Been There Before?
How many grants have you entered? Tell us about them so we can see how determined you are to make this film. Do you really want this grant? Are you willing to dedicate the next three years of your life to produce this film?
Make it Personal
Find a way to communicate your dedication in your proposal. Include a personal film statement. Tell us what is driving you to make this specific film. That tells us you are in for the long haul. No matter if things get tough, this film is so important that you will not give up. I must feel that in your words.
Founder of the Roy W. Dean Film Grant and author of “The Art of Film Funding: 2nd Edition”, Carole Dean has guided filmmakers to get their projects funded and completed for over 23 years. A new session of her Intentional Filmmaking Class, which teaches filmmakers how to get funding, starts February 2015
By a margin of just 31 votes out of more than 1,200 votes cast, director Ping-Wen Wang’s short film “Christmas Dance” has won the 2nd Britt Penrod Audience Award for 2014. 7 indie film finalists for the Roy W. Dean Film Grant for Summer competed for the award with voting taking place on Facebook from Sept 12th to Oct 12th. The winner’s prize of $250 will help her complete production of her project.
The Britt Penrod Audience Award is open to finalists for the Roy W. Dean Grant. Seven out of the 22 finalists for the Summer Grant competed by posting trailers for their films on Britt Penrod Audience Award App on the Roy W. Dean Grant Facebook page. Registered users of Facebook including film fans and followers of the artist and grant can then view and vote on their favorite.
“It feels great,” Ping-Wen said upon learning she had won, “and the award is truly for my Taiwanese and LMU family and friends. With their support we are able to continue and building upon our dream.”
What does she plan on doing with her prize money?
“This is the first money we’ve raised for the film. We plan on pooling it with the rest of the funds we raise to help pay our crew who will, for the most part, be working for credit and meals.”
Projects that were up for the award included short films, documentaries, and features. As with all submissions to the grant, the projects are all works in various states of production. They all adhere to the goal of the grant which is to fund unique films that make a contribution to society.
“It is a great opportunity for the talented artists applying for the grant to have their works in progress exposed to a wide audience”, commented Carole Dean president of From The Heart Productions which oversees the Roy W. Dean Grant. “These are important projects that need to be seen and supported.”
About Christmas Dance
Christmas Dance is a 15-minute short fiction film about a lonely old woman suffering from Alzheimer’s who enters a dream world and meets her long lost family and friends on Christmas Eve. She must relive her most important memories with her daughter and let go of all her regrets before she forgets everything. The 15-min short film, currently in pre-production, is a PingWen’s graduate thesis project for Loyola Marymount University.
Christmas Dance is a personal journey inside an Alzheimer’s patient’s mind. Because the disease causes her to no longer remember who she is, her mind fights tirelessly to hold on to her memories. She enters a dream world where she can be herself and share one final dance with her daughter.
By telling a touching story between a mother and daughter, Wang attempts to draw public attention to the disease as well as comfort and honor Alzheimer’s patients and their families. While most films about Alzheimer’s tend to show the sadness and the cruel nature of the disease, Wang wants to bring hope to those involved. As Ella Chen, granddaughter to an Alzheimer’s patient, states in The Long Goodbye, “I don’t know how much my grandmother can remember, but I think they’re all the happiest memories”.
A female director hailing from Taiwan, Ping-Wen Wang is dedicated to telling LGBT and women’s stories through the power of cinema. Wang’s first short “The Clown” won the Jury Award in the International Student Film Festival Hollywood, was nominated at Film Outside the Frame (FOF), and screened on Public TV in Taiwan. Her latest work “Between Us” is an official selection of the Palm Springs International ShortFest, Boston LGBT Film Festival, Barcelona International Gay&Lesbian Film Festival, Hong Kong International Gay&Lesbian Film Festival, Taiwan International Queer Film Festival and won the Special Prize of Excellence at the Screwdriver International Short Film Contest in Taiwan.
About the Britt Penrod Audience Award
Founded this year, the Britt Penrod Audience Award is a $250 prize awarded to a finalist of the Roy W. Dean Grant with the best trailer. It is only open to finalists for the Roy W. Dean Grant. Results of the award have no bearing on the grant, but give the contestants an opportunity to increase awareness of their project.
The award’s namesake, Britt Penrod, has been a good friend and longtime supporter of the Roy W. Dean Grant. When Britt made a very generous, sizable personal donation to Grant, it was put it to use in the creation of the award.
About the Roy W. Dean Grant
Now in its 23rd year, the Roy W. Dean Grant is awarded 3 times each year to films that are unique and make a contribution to society that, without its help, might otherwise never get made. Films submitted to the grant can be short films, documentaries or features from early stages of pre-production to those needing help in post.
The grant has given out over $2 million in a combination of cash, goods, and production service discounts from industry donors to date. It has been integral in making sure that talented artists with great stories get their films produced. Recent past winners of the grant that have been completed include the award winning “Heist: Who Stole the American Dream” and “The Winding Stream: An Oral History of the Carter and Cash Family” which is now showing in film festivals around North America.
About From The Heart Productions
From The Heart Productions, which oversees the Roy W. Dean Grant and the Britt Penrod Award, is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to helping filmmakers get their projects 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. From The Heart has raised over $1.3 million for crowdfunding films as a partner with Indiegogo. President Carole Dean is the best-selling author of “The Art of Film Funding” which is now in its second edition.
The Bible says “love thy neighbor as thyself.” I believe that this means you need to love yourself more than anyone. This self-love allows you to love others. Operating from self-love allows you to move to any situation with confidence. That includes talking to a room full of investors.
Filmmakers are often hardest on themselves. I want you to think of all the talents you have. Most people would literally give their right arm to be able to act or produce or direct and you probably can do all three of these incredible feats.
Are you confident when you walk into a room full of investors?
Loving yourself and exuding confidence is key to funding your film. When you walk into a room people should feel your presence. They should know from your actions that you are confident and in-charge. That’s what investors and donors want. They give the money to you, not the film.
So, who are you? Are you confident? How do you talk? Are you saying, “Well, we hope to….” or “What we want to do is….” If so. you just lost the money person. They need to hear exactly what your plans are and how you will achieve them in a confident manner. If you’re not sure, how can they be about giving you money?
Most wealthy people belong to a group that operates their lives around mission, visions, and values. They have carefully created their one sentence life mission statement. They have a vision of what they want to achieve with deadlines they often hit. Their values are clearly defined and they live by them. They are self-starters and high achievers. They have detailed to-do lists to work from daily. They are looking for people who are like-minded, who have a mission and clearly defined goals.
I want you to show how much you love yourself through your self- confidence. Be like a conductor on a train from one of those great 1940’s movies. Your train is on a track at Grand Central with a clear destination. You have to get others on board. This is much easier when you operate with self-love and the confidence that your film is fully funded.
Money loves confident people. Confident people have a high regard for themselves, they love themselves and this love is a major asset.
The Divine Record: Within the Divine Record of every individual there is registered all constructive experience. Therefore when a necessity requires it and the wisdom is there to be used, naturally that is the first place to draw from. For instance if you had a book giving certain formulas of activity, you would not go to another individual who had the same kind of book, but you would look into your own book and save the time and energy. If mankind had not forgotten the Wisdom and Force stored within their consciousness, they would much more readily call upon that which is already at hand.
Ascended Master Instructions by St. Germaine Volume 4 (Page 33)
The answers to our specific questions on our personal needs are waiting for each of us. We have only to go inside to find it. I have been successful in getting answers for many problems because I know that the universal knowledge I need is available.
It’s also a great way for filmmakers to solve the myriad production, artistic, and financial decisions they need to make every day.
All you need to do is ask.
The secret is to know that you can get the information you need by asking.
For me, this means that I take the issue with at least two solutions and go to a quiet place. It could be a major decision or just a small decision that I need help with. The secret is to know that you can get the information you need by asking.
Like all practices, it works better if you put yourself into a relaxed state. That may be hard to do on a film set so find a quiet place off somewhere. First I do some regulated breaths to clear myself. I inhale to the count of 8, hold my breath for the count of 8, release my breath for the count of 8 and begin again. After three rounds I can feel my body relax. You have much greater access when you still the mind and relax the body.
Now focus on the issue you need to resolve.
State the issue as you see it. Maybe you can’t decide on an ending for your script or you’ve got an investor offering money, but with lots of strings attached. Now, state two possible solutions. Then leave it.
Give the universe time to analyze it. Stay relaxed for a while then go back to your work. The answer will come. Most of the time it will be a third way to solve the problem or handle the situation and it will be much better than what you had offered.
Sometimes it comes when you are doing the dishes or walking the dog. It just comes into your consciousness and you know that’s the answer. You feel excited when you get it and you feel joy in the knowledge that you have this power inside you. It is your own force that can seek out answers.
Once you have your answer you will feel empowered. Yes, you now realize that you have an abundance of wisdom inside of you. You feel humble knowing that all your questions can be answered. You will find great confidence through the act of going inside for knowledge.
Always know that you are more than your physical body.
You are spirit. As such you have much information stored inside you. You have complete access to information that can serve you well. Simply go inside for the answers because you do have wisdom and force stored in your consciousness.