Roy W. Dean Grant Fall 2023 Finalists

Congratulations to the films selected to be Roy W. Dean Grant Summer Finalists.

25 films were chosen as finalists. On this page, we give each filmmaker the opportunity to tell the world about their film.  They choose the pictures and loglines.  Some may choose not to reveal their projects on this page and we respect their wishes.   

Since 1992, From the Heart Productions has supported filmmakers with cash and substantial professional discounts from our film industry partners, averaging an estimated $30,000 per filmmaker.  The Roy W. Dean grants program, with several annual deadlines, has grown into one of the most sought after competitions in the world.

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.

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2023 Fall Grant Finalists

"FROM A DARKENED ROOM - THE DIARY OF A NOBODY"

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BEOFRE THERE WAS FACEBOOK
BEFORE THERE WAS SOCIAL NETWORKING
THERE WAS ARTHUR INMAN

"FROM A DARKENED ROOM - THE DIARY OF NOBODY"
A FEATURE DOCUMENTARY inspired by “The Inman Diary” by Arthur Crew Inman
Published by Harvard University Press

An upcoming feature documentary that chronicles the life of the notorious Boston eccentric Arthur Crew Inman (1895-1963), author of the 17-million-word, 155 volume “THE INMAN DIARY”. Inman spent 60 years of his life, from the age of eight, creating this chilling epic of collective memory. Sixty years after his death, Inman has morphed into the original blogger, a man obsessed with connectivity decades before the word was even invented.

Walk In The Light

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Walk In The Light tells the story of the Oklahoma City Bombing through the eyes of a blind hero, Raymond Washburn, who led 5 people to safety in the treacherous event. Raymond recounts his perspective to his precocious, eight year-old granddaughter, Aiyana, and uses his story to teach Aiyana to embrace her Native American heritage and to shine her own light into the world.