From the Heart Productions works to help freelance filmmakers craft meaningful films. These films should contribute to society in some way. Examples of different films include documentaries and narrative pieces. There are many different ways From the Heart Productions assist filmmakers. Through the Fiscal Sponsorship Program, they offer filmmakers financial help in their filmmaking ventures. This program has allowed filmmakers to raise more than $30 million in funds. From the Heart Productions also offers grants through Roy W. Dean Grants. These grants are given out to stand-out films three times a year. Each grant is worth about $30K and has been an important resource for many filmmakers starting out in the industry.
From the Heart Productions came about during 1993, but there was a lot that had to happen before then. In the late 60s, a woman named Carole Dean established a company that purchased leftover film stock. She would then sell it to independent filmmakers at a fraction of the cost of new film stock. Carole’s supply of affordable film stock led to a boom of independent filmmaking during the 70s. Through Studio Film & Tape(the name of the company), Carole got to know the struggles of independent filmmakers better. While so many of them had talent and a great number of stories to tell, they also had a lack of funding.
Carole’s father also saw how these filmmakers were struggling. He distributed film to a filmmaker named T. Bart Hawkins, who was working on a documentary called “Hopilavi”. “Hopilavi” was going to be about how the Hopi Indians were working to maintain their language. Wanting to contribute to the cause, Carole created the(previous discussed in paragraph one) Roy W. Dean Grant program. “Hopilavi” was the first film to be awarded one of these grants. From the Heart Productions was founded soon after. Its purpose came about after the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources cut their funds.
From the Heart Productions cares about films and assisting in their production. They also care about helping the filmmakers who make these films. It’s their hard work that can lead to innovations in the industry, or a new story to tell. Money is an important part of getting a film made, but lots of filmmakers lack funds. From the Heart Productions helps filmmakers raise the money they need so they can focus on their filmmaking.
Besides helping to provide funding, From the Heart Productions also hosts filmmaking classes and events. Everything You Wanted to Know About Film Funding is a succession of webinars hosted by Carole Dean herself. These webinars are here to answer any burning questions you may have about funding a film. Each webinar will be about a different topic regarding film funding. Carole and a guest will be on hand to answer any questions. To find out more, click here: https://fromtheheartproductions.com/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-film-funding/.
From the Heart Productions also hosts Intentional Filmmaking Classes. This consists of a four month class taught by film funding authorities Carole Dean and Tom Malloy. In this class, you will learn all about getting the funding for your film project. Topics taught include project pitch and budget. To learn more about this class, click here: https://fromtheheartproductions.com/intentional-filmmaking/.
Here’s what others have to say about From the Heart Productions:
“Carole is the best! No exaggeration! She has been guiding me over the last three years beginning when she became my fiscal sponsor, through her class and now, as the 2014 Fall Dean Grant winner. Carole is a font of information, but most of all helps to cut through the haze of being in the midst of a doc. She gives great direction and is my biggest fan! I’m always smiling after our phone conversations.” – Stephanie Seldin Howard, Not the Same: Families After War
“In the first week of the Intentional Filmmaking Class, Carole and her guests helped me clarify my goals, change my strategy and start an action-plan to make my film happen.” – Weam Namou, Iraqi Americans: The War Generation
“I just wanted to say a special thank you for spending the time with me today for the phone consultation. The insights you provided will be invaluable for conducting the additional research I need to do, so that I can provide you with more details related to distribution and outreach for my project.” – Shail Kamini Ramcharan, The Dream Forest
If you want to support the work of From the Heart Productions, you should consider donating. To find out how and discover other ways to provide support, click this link: https://fromtheheartproductions.com/sharing-circle/.
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