Board of Directors
Carole Dean, President
Carole Dean created the short end business in 1970. In the 80's she produced 120 HeathStyles Shows that were sold to Oasis Cable and 30 Filmmaker shows, now in the National Archives. She created the Roy W. Deanfilm grants in 1992 in honor of her father and has given over 2 million dollars in donations since then. She is Executive Producer on Women Behind the Camera, BAM 6.6, American Chain Gang, Step Away From the Stone and now in production, a new documentary titled Achievers.
Carole Dean is President of From the Heart and gives consultations free to all who enter the Dean Film Grants and apply for fiscal sponsorship. She is the author of The Art of Funding: Alternative Financing Concepts and The Art of Manifesting: Creating Your Future written for filmmakers as financing educational tools. She teaches these alternative financing concepts online.
Lori Pye, Ph.D., Secretary/Treasurer
Bachelor of Science - Texas A& M University, M.A and Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, California.
Dr. Pye's background consists of NPO and NGO environmental & marine conservation management (Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Terra Azul, Jean-Michel Cousteau) and academic instruction. As an environmentalist, Dr. Pye worked with international NGO's to co-develop the Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape Corridor with the Ministers of the Environment from Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama, and Ecuador. She has led international conferences on diverse issues as Nature and Human Nature, The Mythology of Violence, and The Aesthetic Nature of Change. Dr. Pye teaches Ecopsychology at the University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB), Ecology Concepts and Applications for Ecopsychology at Naropa University (Boulder, Colorado), Human Ecology and Sustainable Global Management & Community Psychology & Social Change at Antioch University Santa Barbara and Myth, Literature & Religious Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is on the Editorial Board for Ecopsychology Journal. Dr. Pye is the Founder and Director for the Institute for Cultural Change and The Center for Ecopsychology. Website: http://www.instituteforculturalchange.org/
Dr. Dave Smiley
Dr. Dave Smiley is a clinical psychologist and filmmaker who worked for over twenty years with criminals and the criminally insane. In 2007 he retired and decided to learn filmmaking. In less than three years he had completed his documentary film, The Inner Weigh™. The Inner Weigh™, presents 20 different experts on weight loss, nutrition, spirituality, and the mind. Many of them have lost weight themselves. Together, these experts share their message that successful weight loss isn't a matter of willpower and physics, but rather one of spirit and imagination. The film teaches viewers to use the Law of Attraction and tap into the power of the subconscious mind in order to create the body and life that they want. More information about this film can be found at http://TheInnerWeighMovie.com. Dr. Smiley is currently a Manager Member of The Inner Weigh LLC
Margarita Sweet is a writer, story consultant, social media enthusiast and incredible cook. She believes in the power of the filmmaker to become more than a story teller; but, an entrepreneur. Margarita is a currently working her own documentary film. She has worked on a variety of published works as a story consultant helping authors complete their works on time and on budget. Margarita believes the art of film and storytelling have the ability to create culture. It is this belief that inspires her to be an active part of From The Heart.
Carole Joyce, The creator of the Win a Casino™ concept, Carole Joyce is a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography and an award-winning documentary film producer. Carole began her entertainment career working in development for Saban/Scherick Entertainment discovering talents such as Dennis Leary and Mario Joiner while developing pilot television series for Joy Behar and Rita Rudner. Carole also developed projects for young filmmakers David Fincher and Jessie Dylan while with the Garamella/Fitzgerald Advertising Agency. As a television producer, Carole oversaw the production of over 150 shows for cable television including "Healthstyles", which were used as a concept on "Oprah Winfrey." Guests included Deepak Chopra and Dr. Andrew Weil. She also produced "Filmmakers" which is now in the national archives.
Jacqueline Feather, Ph.D.
Dr. Feather, a native New Zealander, is an award-winning screenwriter in film, television and animated feature films. A sampling of her work includes: The Quest for Camelot, A Time to Say Goodbye, Dawn's Early Light and My Father, My Son, both of which she was nominated for the Writer's Guild Award and Onassis-The Richest Man in the World, for which she won the Writer's Guild Award.
Jacqui has guest lectured at the University of Milan, the N.Z. Writers' Foundation, and leads an ongoing personal writing group. Her Master and Doctorate degrees are in Mythological Studies with Emphasis in Depth Psychology and she holds a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Jacqui is currently in Jungian Analyst Training at the Jungian Study Center of Southern California.
Richard started as a writer following in the footsteps of his father, Robert Kaufman, who wrote “Love at First Bite” and “Freebie and the Bean”. After scripting movie novelizations and projects for HBO, he met Carole Joyce which began a career of selling motion picture film to independent productions. First, for Carole Dean’s Studio Film & Tape, and currently for Comtel Pro Media.
This position gives Richard the opportunity to do what he loves best. That is helping filmmakers get their projects made. He enjoys working with independent filmmakers of all types and budgets to help them get the film, and now, of course, the hard drives they need, to make their project a reality. Richard is also a great student and practitioner of Social Media, movie buff, and a devout Lakers fan.
Pilar Walsh,Team manager of Promotions and Marketing
Pilar, an actress, singer, dancer and mother of four, has worked on many films and even more stage productions, from Pippin to The Musical of Musicals, from New Hampshire to Hawaii. She has recently written, produced and co-directed a "showcase reel" of her screenplay "How I Survived the Sixties" which Carole Lee Dean was a mentor. Pilar is currently filming a documentary, working as writer and producer the inspiring story of "The Eternal Rhythm" ...a global revelation of dance, drum & song. Originally a short film, a Senior Project for her BA Program with LEAP (liberal education for arts professionals) through Saint Mary's College of California of where she is a student, it is now expanding to full-length. She is also a recipient of the Actors Fund Teaching Artist Institute Certification.
Brianna Medley, I.T. specialist
Brie is a problem solver, there is nothing she canít fix or figure out. She does your letters and your online work. She is a major asset to the film grants and the Indiegogo campaigns.
Claire Papin, Assistant to Carole Dean and Co-Host of the Blog Talk Radio show
The Art of Film Funding (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-art-of-film-funding).
Claire is also the founder, producer and voice over artist of Lighted Paths Productions. She has worked as an on-camera talent in film & TV, and radio broadcaster, for over 25 years. Claire can be remembered for her ground breaking work as a host and producer on Wisdom Radio's Wisdom Today, and on It's All Good for Lime Radio; both of which aired coast to coast in the U.S. and Canada on Sirius Satellite Radio.
Elizabeth England, Excel Specialist
Elizabeth England is our Excel specialist and handles payments for our Indiegogo campaigns. Elizabeth England owns Longevity Pure Medicine, a distributor of combination homeopathic remedies developed by internationally-known experts.