“The Coverup” Filmmakers Win Inaugural Redford Center Grant

Roy W. Dean Grant Winning Film Part of Select Group of 6 Chosen
 
All of us at From the Heart Productions are proud to have our Roy W. Dean Grant Winners, Malina Fagan and Lynn Pelletier, chosen along with their film The Coverup for the inaugural Redford Center Grant.  
 

The Redford Center

 
“We truly want to thank you both so much for all your feedback, encouragement and support.” Malina emailed From the Heart Production president Carole Dean and Carole Joyce upon receiving the Redford Center Grant.
 
“We’ve applied to many grants this past year and yours is the only one that provided feedback, which is what has helped us grow.”
 
282 filmmakers applied to the grant from over 28 countries.   6 indie documentaries were selected along with the 7 filmmakers who made them.  
 
The grant was created to provide support for six feature-length film projects in early development that are focused on driving awareness, education and tangible action on a variety of environmental topics.
 
“The Coverup” reveals that the average person is exposed to about 126 chemicals a day, just from their cosmetics and personal care products (soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, makeup, etc.).  Scientists have linked some of the chemicals to serious health effects including cancer, infertility, and birth defects. The documentary seeks to empower consumers and companies alike and challenge our government to protect the public.
 
What’s Next for Filmmakers
 
Malina and Lynn will be going to Utah this November to attend a story summit at the Sundance Resort.  They will also receive a $15,000 development grant to produce a written film treatment and short proof-of-concept film over a 3-month time frame, mentorship from issue experts and industry leaders to refine their project narratives and impact goals, a GoPro Hero 4 Black Camera, film distribution as part of Redford Center Grants’ series of shorts and consideration for co-production with The Redford Center.
 
They will also be making full use of all the donations in the Roy W. Dean Spring Grant which includes:
 

The Roy W. Dean Grant is awarded 3 times each year to a film that is unique and makes a contribution to society.   Applications for current grant are now being accepted.  

NetCaptioning Joins Donors to Roy W. Dean Grant

Winners of All 2017 Grants Will Receive Free Close Captioning Services for Their Film

From the Heart Productions, non-profit sponsor of the Roy W. Dean Grant for indie filmmakers, is proud to have new grant donor NetCaptioning for 2017.   The winners of the Spring, Summer, and Fall Grants will each receive will each receive free close captioning services for their winning film (a $600 value).  

Net-Captioning-logoIn addition, NetCaptioning owner Elliot Roberts is giving a 20% discount on all From the Heart Productions fiscally sponsored filmmakers and grant applicants.  The discount not only applies to close captioning, but to their other services as well.  These include subtitling and transcription services.

“We are thrilled to have NetCaptioning join our family of donors”, said Carole Dean, president of From the Heart Productions.  “Mr. Roberts has great compassion for indie filmmakers.  Especially those working to convey a message like the ones who come to us for us for help.  He is very excited to work with and support those filmmakers.”

Since 2006, NetCaptioning has offered their services to Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, Fox Sports, as well as some of the largest video distributors in the country.  They work with a broad network of highly-qualified translators to offer cinema-quality foreign language subtitling.  They’ve developed workflows that allow them to offer the industry’s lowest prices — while not compromising on quality.

“NetCaptioning handled closed captions for I Voted? and did so in a flawless fashion.” commented Jason Smith, winner of the Roy W. Dean Grant.  “They provided me with outstanding customer service and helped us pass quality control without any issues on our “video on demand” platforms.  And their prices are extremely reasonable with quick turnarounds.  As an added bonus, they seem to actually care about their work.”

NetCaptioning prides itself on not being simply an assembly line of close captioning and subtitling.   They offer personal service to every client. They offer simple pricing so that clients know what to expect and remain in budget.

For more information on NetCaptioning and their services, you can email them at or call them at 240-654-6235.

The Roy W. Dean Grant is now accepting applications for its Spring Grant.   Deadline is April 30th.   For more information about the grant, go to http://fromtheheartproductions.com/roy-w-dean-film-grants-and-awards/   For questions, please email or call 805-984-0098.

“The Need to Grow” Wins Summer Roy W. Dean Grant

Documentary Investigates Solutions to Localize Food and Regenerate our Planet’s Dying Soils

Can we feed the world without destroying the Earth?  That and other questions on the sustainability of life on our planet are explored in The Need to Grow which has been awarded the Summer Roy W. Dean Grant for 2016.   Co-Directors and producers, Rob Herring and Ryan Wirick, will receive $30K in cash, film products, and services to help them complete their film now in post-production. 

From The Heart Productions, the 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to help filmmakers get their films funded, founded the Roy W. Dean Grant in 1993.   Awarded 3 times each year, submitted projects must be unique and make a contribution to society.  The grants are open to all types of film projects including documentaries, short films, features, and web series in any stage of production. 

“There is not a more important topic then how we feed ourselves now and in the future” commented Carole Dean, president of From the Heart Productions on the Summer Roy W. Dean Grant winner. “The problems exposed in the film are frightening, but the brilliant and determined people shown working on them give us hope.”

The documentary follows innovators of low and high tech solutions to localize food and regenerate our planet’s dying soils. With more toxic chemicals being sprayed than ever before, food seed varieties going extinct, bees dying off, historic water shortages, epidemics of malnutrition, hunger and food waste coexisting, and an estimated 60 years of farmable soil left on the planet, the time to fix our broken food system is now.

Through the stories of underdog leaders facing unpredictable challenges—from activists to urban farmers, from permaculture designers to computer scientists, from ancient to cutting edge technologies, from Boston to Los Angeles—emerge solutions that conserve natural resources and create true food security.

The “Need To Grow”  reveals not only the potential of decentralized food production models that work with nature, but more importantly, reveals our potential as active participants in an interconnected biosphere to become a planetary force for ecosystem restoration.

Rob Herring is a graduate of the Tisch School of Arts at NYU where he received the Drama Award for Film and TV.   He Co-Produced/Directed his first feature, Nothing in Los Angeles, which received numerous best picture honors.   Rob also worked on the recent document GMO OMG.  He is a certified Holistic Health Coach and, as a musician, writes songs for health activism. 

Ryan Wirick is an award winning writer and journalist, as well as a cinematographer and film editor.  He’s been producing videos since he was 15, the same year he learned about the environmental havoc caused by our food system.   He is graduate of Chapman University and collaborated with Moms Across America to raise awareness of the systemic problems in our food system.  

The Summer Roy W. Dean Grant includes $3,500 cash given by From The Heart Productions.  The winners also receive a hard drive from G-Technology, 30% Discount for music post production services from AudioKut, discounts on original music and sound mix from Alan Audio Works,  and much more from many heart-felt donors who support independent filmmakers. 

About the Roy W. Dean Grant

Now in its 23rd year, the Roy W. Dean Grant has awarded over $2,000,000 in cash and donated film services to films.   The grant has been an important lifeline for filmmakers needing help to continue working on their film and to get it completed.  Without assistance from the grant, many excellent and important films may never have been made. 

Past winners of the grant that have been completed include the Emmy winning Mia: A Dancer’s Journey, the SXSW Best of Fest Music Film The Winding Stream: An Oral History of the Carter and Cash Family, and the now in release on video and on demand The Brainwashing of My Dad.

Submissions are being accepted for the Roy W. Dean Grant for Spring 2017

About From The Heart Productions

From The Heart Productions is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to helping filmmakers get their projects funded and 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 $2.4 million for crowdfunding films as a partner with Indiegogo.  President Carole Dean is the best-selling author of The Art of Film Funding: 2nd Edition, Alternative Financing Concepts

For More Information, please contact

Richard Kaufman

www.fromtheheartproductions.com

“The Coverup” Wins Roy W. Dean Spring Film Grant for 2016

Roy W. Dean Spring Film Grant Winning Documentary Uncovers Effects of Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics and Personal Care Products

Oxnard, CA  Oct 4, 2016  From The Heart Productions, the 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to help filmmakers get their films funded, has awarded the Roy W. Dean Spring Film Grant of 2016 to the feature documentary, The Coverup, and its mother and daughter filmmaking team of Lynn Pelletier and Malina Fagan.  For winning the grant, they will receive $30k in cash, film products and services to complete their film.

Started in 1993, the Roy W. Dean Film Grant is awarded 3 times each year to films that are unique and make a contribution to society.  There is a Spring, Winter, and Fall Grant.  The grants are open to all types of film projects including documentaries, short films, features, and web series in any stage of production.  225 films were submitted for this year’s Roy W. Dean Spring Film Grant from the United States and around the world.

"The Coverup" - 2016 Roy W. Dean Spring Film Grant Winner

“The Coverup” – 2016 Roy W. Dean Spring Film Grant Winner

“The Coverup” reveals that the average person is exposed to about 126 chemicals a day, just from their cosmetics and personal care products (soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, makeup, etc.).  Scientists have linked some of the chemicals to serious health effects including cancer, infertility, and birth defects. The documentary seeks to empower consumers and companies alike and challenge our government to protect the public.

Filmmakers Lynn and Malina had previously applied several times to the Roy W. Dean Film Grant.  Like all other applicants, were given a free consultation to improve their application. They persisted and made the appropriate adjustments and eventually won the grant. 

“These two women are talented and determined.” admired Carole Dean, president and founder of From the Heart Productions. “Those are two traits that always equal success in film funding.  It’s especially nice for myself and Carole Joyce, my daughter who helps with grant outreach, to be able to give the grant to another mother and daughter team.”

“The Coverup” reveals that the average person is exposed to about 126 chemicals a day, just from their cosmetics and personal care products (soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, makeup, etc.).  Scientists have linked some of the chemicals to serious health effects including cancer, infertility, and birth defects.  The documentary seeks to empower consumers and companies to challenge the government to protect the public.

Filmmaker's Lynn and Malina Fagan

Malina Fagan and Lynn Pelletier

Lynn Pelletier and Malina Fagan are the dynamic mother-daughter duo behind “The Coverup”.  Lynn is a health practitioner of over 30 years who specializes in acupuncture and allergy treatments.  Malina is an award winning filmmaker who is passionate about health, the environment and human empowerment. Having lost several people in their family to cancer, they are committed to raising awareness of environmental toxins and disease prevention.

Malina’s films have premiered in IMAX at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, aired on Rocky Mountain PBS, and been selected at festivals across the country, winning awards for their cinematography and storytelling. 

For winning the Roy W. Dean Spring Film Grant, they will receive $3,500 cash donated by From The Heart Productions.  The grant also includes a hard drive from G-Technology, tape stock from Media Distributors, discount on color, editing and production services from Promedia, equipment rental from Alpha Cine NY,  and much more from many heart-felt donors

About the Roy W. Dean Grant

Now in its 23rd year, the Roy W. Dean Grant has awarded over $2,000,000 in cash and donated film services to films.   The grant has been an important lifeline for filmmakers needing help to continue working on their film and to get it completed.  Without assistance from the grant, many excellent and important films may never have been made. 

Past winners of the grant that have been completed include the Emmy winning Mia: A Dancer’s Journey, the SXSW Best of Fest Music Film The Winding Stream: An Oral History of the Carter and Cash Family, and the now in release on video and on demand The Brainwashing of My Dad

About From The Heart Productions

From The Heart Productions is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to helping filmmakers get their projects funded and 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 $2.3 million for crowdfunding films as a partner with Indiegogo.  President Carole Dean is the best-selling author of The Art of Film Funding: 2nd Edition, Alternative Financing Concepts

For More Information, please contact

Richard Kaufman

www.fromtheheartproductions.com

January – 2016

From the Heart Productions

Roy W. Dean Spring 2016 Grant Now Accepting Submissions
 
Girl From North Country – 2015 Spring Grant Winner
Now in its 23rd year, theRoy W. Dean Film Grantseeks films that are unique and make a contribution to society.
The winner receives $3,500 cash and close to $30,000 in donated film products and services they can use to complete their film.
Films can be documentaries, short films, features, or webisodes. Deadline for submission is April 30th, 2016.
Each applicant receives a consultaion on their film from Carole Dean or a From the Heart board member.
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Don’t Myth Up Your Crowdfunding Campaign

By Carole Dean
 
5 Myths to Overcome to Reach Your Funding Goal
At From the Heart Productions, we’re partners with Indiegogo and have helped filmmakers raise over $2 million for their films.
But, that money did not always come easy.  We provide lots of resources to create a successful campaign and fiscal sponsorship  but it took work and dedication from filmmakers.
And that only happened when we got them to let go of the myths they have about crowdfunding.
Myth 1 – You build it and they will come.
Nonsense.  No matter how fantastic a campaign page you create, how important the cause, or how great the concept, you need to bring your crowd to the crowdfunding campaign.

Create A 6 Month Film Funding Goal

Learn How to Make a Successful Action List For Raising Money
You’ve got a great film project, but where are you getting the money?   Do you know what to say in your pitch?   Is the trailer you have generating interest?  Why not?
“Thank you so much for a wonderful class.  What I learned from you and Tom was invaluable”
Kerstin Karlhuber Director “Fair Haven”

The Intentional Filmmaking Class will help you solve those problems, clear mental roadblocks, and put you on the road to getting your film produced.

Over the 4 month class, you will also get instruction from film funding experts on:
  • Creating a killer proposal
  • Closing your donors
  • Finding distribution
Carole Dean teaches the Trailblazer Class for Documentary Filmmakers and is joined by Producer/Author Tom Malloy in the Mastermind Class for Feature or Short Film Filmmakers.
Class is $695, but enroll by February 21st, and save $100 and pay just $595.   Payments can also be arranged by emailing Carole Dean at 
Class is limited to just 10 members so enroll soon .
Save an additional $65 if you a grant applicant or are fiscally sponsored by entering code INTENT65 when purchasing the class.

 New Spring Grant Donor Promedia

NY Full Service Production and Post-Production Facility
Welcome to our newest Roy W. Dean Grant donor and supporter of independent filmmakers, Promedia.   Located in Manhattan, projects they’ve recently worked with include the feature “Birdman”, and TV shows “Louie”, and “Blue Bloods”.
President/CEO Joe D’Imperio is offering the grant winner a 40% deduction on color, editing, and sound services as well as the same 40% deduction to all production services….”including our lighting truck.”

Manifesting Money for Your Film Part 2

You’ve probably been manifesting your whole life and never realized it
Did you get the bicycle you always wanted? Did you get a computer you craved?  A new car?  You decided what you wanted, made a plan, and made it happen.  You just didn’t call it manifesting.
Manifesting Money for Your Film Part 2

Creating a pitch package for your film, a website, a business plan, is part of the process of manifesting money for your film.  In her latest video, Carole shows you how to get it done.

New Home for Our Fiscally Sponsored Films

 
All Our Films Get Their Own Fundraising Page
 
As a film fiscally sponsored by From the Heart, you can

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create a page on our funding platform dedicated raising money for your film.

On your page, you can:
  • Add video, pictures, call to actions.
  • Set your own donation amounts.
  • Have donors cover all fees.
We’ve got over 60 films on our site.

This Month On Indiegogo with From The Heart  

 
Aviatrix is a documentary film about Katherine Sui Fun Cheung, who was one of the first Chinese women to earn a pilots license in the United States during the Golden Age of Aviation.
In Token of Love, an estranged mother and daughter come together through the power of love… and weed. A veteran bent on vengeance for his sister’s killing is visited by angels in Hometown-Salute A Soldier’s Story.  A dark comedy, the short film Irish Goodbye is based on a true story about a self-destructive man and his eccentric community.

Cinema on Demand

Letting the Audience Decide What Plays in Theaters
Nicolas Gonda - Tugg CEO and co-founder
Nicolas Gonda – Tugg CEO and co-founder
Tugg is a web-platform that lets filmmakers and their fans bring the movies they want to their local theater.
On the Art of Film Funding Podcast, Carole interviews Tugg CEO and co-founder Nicolas Gonda.  He explains how Tugg is changing film distribution by guaranteeing an audience for your film.  
Other recent interviews include:
Dissecting Docs -What’s Hot to Watch with Carole Dean and Don Schwartz
Hot Marketing Tips for Actors, Screenwriters & Filmmakers with Dr. Melody Jackson, founder of the full-service marketing and consulting firm Smart Girls Productions.
Section 181 35% Tax Rebates for Films in 2015 and 2016with entertainment lawyer Corky Kessler.
In case you missed them, you can access any of the podcasts on our website at The Art of Film Funding Podcast.
Click on book to buy on Amazon.com
The Art of Film Funding is the best selling fundraising book
for independent filmmakers.  With a daily to do list, it puts you on the fast track to financing your film.
What’s new in the 2nd Edition:
  • Secrets to successful crowdfunding
  • How to market your film online
  • Tips for creating a trailer to attract investors.
  • Peter Broderick on new ideas for marketing films
  • Norman Berns on Budgeting
  • Maureen Ryan on Music Rights
  • Michael Donaldson on Fair Use
  • Corky Kessler, Paige Gold and Mark Litwak on Legal
  • Creating your Trailer by Bill Woolery
  • Tom Malloy on Feature Film Funding

Preferred Pricing Program for E & O Insurance

From the Heart Productions Associated Filmmakers Can Take Advantage of This Special program

Non-profit From The Heart Productions in partnership with Front Row Insurance offers the Prefered Pricing Program for E & O Insurance for their members.  

Those who are eligible include:

Front Row Insurance is a Leader in Film Production Insurance

Front Row Insurance is a Leader in Film Production Insurance

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 .

About Front Row Insurance

Front Row is an Entertainment Insurance Broker specializing in: The Film industry, The Music Industry, Fairs and Festivals with offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Los Angeles.  Front Row negotiates to obtain the best coverage at the lowest premium from the insurance companies.  They are a top choice for: filmmakers, musicians, photographers and festival organizers.

About Kent Hamilton

As Executive Vice President of the Truman Van Dyke Company for over 25 years, Kent Hamilton insured thousands of films, commercials and television productions. Joining Front Row Insurance Brokers LLC as President, Kent helps producers solve problems and obtain the proper insurance coverage for the best price.

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.