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. Instead of getting mad, Carole created the Roy W. Dean Grant for unique films that contribute to society. “Hopilavi” was the first grant winner.
The founding of From the Heart Productions followed soon after in the wake of drastic reductions in funding for documentary filmmaking by the National Endowment for the Arts as well as state and municipal arts funding sources.
The ultimatge goal in creating the Roy W. Dean Grant and From the Heart Productions is to establish a family of filmmakers and donors who understand the importance of independent filmmaking. There is a great need in our industry to help the least funded, most dedicated, passionate and determined group of filmmakers in our business – the independent filmmaker.
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.
For more information, please email us at
Our Heart and Soul
by Carole Dean
When I founded From the Heart, I always felt it was more than just an organization certified as a non-profit by the government. There’s a reason I put Heart in the name. I put it there because I knew it would touch and help the lives of so many people. And, like anything with a heart, it also has a soul.
From The Heart Productions reaches throughout the Universes (both Known and Unknown) to assist Filmmakers in the journeys from idea/concept through finished product. It encourages and supports the concepts of visual voice, creative soul, actualizing human potential, social justice and equality, extended education, industry and government transparency and anything and everything else that improves and enhances the human experience.
The Heart of From The Heart Productions contains kindness, generosity, support and understanding for filmmakers from concept through finished product. It’s deepest desires provide the place and space for them to create a deeper awareness and understanding of their projects and themselves. Filmmakers know they can trust From The Heart Productions to assist them with their film funds, fundraising activities, ideas and dreams, and finished products.
The Soul of From The Heart Productions creates unique classes and educational opportunities that keep filmmakers current in trends and technologies as well as providing practical information to raise money for their films. This unerring dedication creates long term relationships and an ever-expanding pool of industry experts as contributors to the grants and classes.
The Imagination of From The Heart Productions chooses to create $10,000,000 of fiscal sponsorships each year, sponsors Academy, Sundance, and Tribecca Award Winning Films and Filmmakers, and gives multiple grants to filmmakers each year.