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Suzanne Mitchell Wins the Roy Dean Spring 2012 Grant.
Producer Suzanne Mitchell wins the grant for “Running Wild: The Story of Dayton O. Hyde”. It tells the story of cowboy, environmentalist, and poet, Dayton O. Hyde and his fight to save our land and the animals that dependent on it for survival.
Oxnard, CA September 15, 2012 – From The Heart Productions has announced that Suzanne Mitchell, Producer of the documentary Running Wild: The Story of Dayton O. Hyde, has won the Spring 2012 Roy Dean Grant. Now in its 20th year, the Roy Dean Grant goes to a filmmaker with a project that is unique and makes a contribution to society. With a prize package valued at over $20,000, the grant provides the filmmakers with the goods and services needed to complete their project.
Dayton O. Hyde is a consummate conservationist, a naturalist’s naturalist and an award-winning writer. He’s one of the last old-style cowboys; a fitting symbol of the American West. Hyde has a lifelong habit of turning impossible dreams into reality. A former rodeo clown, Life Magazine photographer and cattle rancher, Dayton understands the fragility of our environment and the creatures that inhabit the land.
Whether he is protecting the Sandhill cranes of western Oregon, the coyotes on the western plains, or the hundreds of wild mustangs who now run free on his 12,000-acre not-for profit wild horse sanctuary located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Dayton’s efforts will have lasting effects for generations to come.
“We are proud to support Suzanne.” noted Carole Dean, president of From The Heart Productions. “She has spent years working on this important historical document which is a testament to one man’s ability to save horses and the prairie. Suzanne has done a brilliant job capturing the essence of the old west as well as the current problems that Dayton Hyde has to face to keep his horses on the range.”
Suzanne immediately took advantage of the donations to complete her project. Duart gave Suzanne a generous discount on her editing and sound mixing. Edgewise Media is allowing her to receive tape stock as their donation. Noted trailer expert, Fernanda Rossi helped with advice on editing, Glue Edit gave color corrections, DIGIFI gave digitizing services, Claire Papin offered voice over services to name just a few of the donations.
From The Heart Productions is a 501c non-profit and has been running the Roy W. Dean Grant for over two decades. The grant is held 3 times each year in Spring, Summer, and Fall. The grant has given away over $2,000,000 in awards since its inception. From The Heart is also a fiscal sponsor for films as well. Donations to the films they sponsor, are tax free.
For more information on the award winner, please go to www.runningwildfilm.com
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Alicia Brauns Wins Roy W. Dean Film Grant
The Mosaic of Life, directed and produced by Alicia Brauns, is selected as the recipient of the 2nd Roy W. Dean Film Grant of 2012.
Oxnard, CA November 17, 2012 – A simple act of kindness can save a life. Coming from a Nazi soldier and to a concentration camp prisoner, it’s a key part of an amazing story of survival that makes up The Mosaic of Life, an inspirational documentary of Holocaust survivor Jack Brauns which has won the 2nd Roy W. Dean Film Grant of 2012. Directed by his daughter, Alicia Brauns, the documentary was chosen over 100 entries by From The Heart Productions which runs the film grant.
The Mosaic of Life depicts the life and positive philosophy of Dr. Jack Brauns. From a comfortable childhood in Lithuania to slave laborer in Dachau Concentration camp to respected doctor in Southern California, Dr. Brauns triumphed over tremendous adversity by reliving happy childhood memories and acts of kindness from unexpected places. It’s an upbeat adventure revealed in part in his own words, interviews with those who aided him, and Super 8 film footage shot by him as he began his new life in America.
“It reveals how even the worst circumstances can still allow life’s colors to shine and illuminate even the most hopeless among us.” says director Alicia Brauns. Her previous film, “Hummingbird Magic”, won several awards as well.
Winning the Roy W. Dean Film grant will help Alicia realize her dream of bringing her father’s story to life. The grant awards the filmmaker over $20,000 in production services and supplies that go to completing the project. Major donors include Edgewise Media, Lightning Media, and Otto Nemenz cameras. It includes services from pre-production to post including consultations on cinematography to advice on cutting a trailer.
The Roy W. Dean Grant has for two decades funded films that are “unique and make a contribution to society”. The total value of prizes awarded exceeds $2,000,000. The grant looks for compelling stories about little known subjects, historical films and films that touch hearts. Three grants are awarded each year in Spring, Summer, and Fall. The winner of the Spring Grant was producer Suzanne Mitchell for “Running Wild: The Story of Dayton O. Hyde”.
From The Heart Productions is a 501c non-profit and runs the Roy W. Dean Film Grant. Founded by Carole Dean, From The Heart Productions is also a fiscal sponsor for many important independent films and documentaries. Donations made to the films sponsored by them either directly or through their partnership with indiegogo.com are tax deductible. Carole also is the best-selling author of “The Art of Film Funding” which is now in its second edition.
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Dean Selected to Receive The WIFTS Lifetime Achievement Award
Carole Dean, president of From the Heart Productions and founder of the Roy W. Dean Film Grant, has been chosen by The Women’s International Film & Television Showcase (TheWIFTS) to receive TheWIFTS Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award (Film) 2012.
Oxnard, CA November 10, 2012 –Carole Dean will be honored at TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards ceremony held annually, with TheWIFTS Lifetime Achievement Award (Film) 2012. TheWIFTS searches out and honors outstanding women, who through their extraordinary efforts, continue to make a positive impact on society through film, television, and other professions. Previous winners from the film and television industry include film producer Gale Ann Hurd, (The Terminator) international Co-Production Television Pioneer Rola Bauer (The Pillars of the Earth) and film publicist Jacqueline Brodie. From other professions, in the cosmetic industry Founder & CEO Elizabeth Grant of Elizabeth Grant International, and inner-city educator Millicent E. Hill.
Carole Dean has helped filmmakers realize their dreams for over 4 decades. As founder of Studio Film & Tape, she pioneered buying back from production and reselling inexpensive film stock which helped spark the independent film industry in the 80’s. She created the Roy W. Dean Film Grant to aid filmmakers with projects that are unique and make a contribution to society. Now in its 20th year, it has provided over $2,000,000 in production services to aspiring filmmakers and spawned numerous award winning documentaries that might have otherwise never been made. Her 501(c)3 non-profit, From The Heart Productions, provides filmmaking advice and fiscal sponsorship to dozens of filmmakers each year. Her best-selling film financing book, “The Art of Film Funding” is now in its second edition.
“I thank TheWIFTS, for this tremendous honor that has gone to so many exceptional women”, commented Carole Dean. “My goal has always been to help others stand out and get the awards while I sit back and watch proudly. This is a strange, new, but wonderful experience for me.”
Carole Dean will be presented the award on December 1st, 2012 during TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards Ceremony at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles at 7165 Beverly Blvd. Other awards to be presented include best screenwriter, best cinematographer, Arts Advocate, Music Award and more. Red carpet arrivals begin at 1 pm. The ceremony begins at 2 pm. Tickets are $25, $50, and $100 and can be ordered at http://www.thewifts.com/AwardTickets.php
From The Heart Productions
is a 501(c)3 non-profit and runs the Roy W. Dean Film Grant. The grant is held 3 times each year in Spring, Summer, and Fall. From The Heart is also a fiscal sponsor for films as well. Because of its non-profit status, donations to the films they sponsor are tax free. Carole Dean is also available for private consultations on film financing, writing, and production.
Founded in 2008, The Women’s International Film & Television Showcase
is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the accomplishments achieved by women whose unwavering dedication to their aspirations transcends economic and cultural divides to effectuate lasting impressions on society. TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards honors women from all walks of life who continue to "raise the bar" in their respective fields, and brings them together through the Art Form of Film and Television, the 21st century Visual Communicator.
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Press Release September 9, 2012
From the Heart Announces Honorable Mention from the Spring 2012 Grant to:
VISUALIZING ART HISTORY: EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION AND ITS MENTOR, JULES ENGEL
A documentary feature film on the power of an artist-mentor-educator to positively change the face of higher education and a cultural, popular, and intellectual history. Jules Engel (1909-2003) arrived in Los Angeles in 1937 as a young emigré from Budapest. A fine artist, Engel worked in the animation film industry during its earliest years and subsequently became the Founding Director of the Animation Program at California Institute for the Arts. From Walt Disney's FANTASIA to UPA, acknowledgement as an EARLY CALIFORNIA MODERNIST ARTIST to CAL ARTS, the scope of Engel's influences in cinema, fine arts and higher education span three generations of students who, because of his teachings and arts practice, have done their part to change the face of higher education, industry, and arts practice.
Carole Dean and From the Heart Productions have been supporters of Janeann Dill for many years. We know her to be a brilliant artist and this new project allows her to combine the use of her many talents. We believe this film is one of the most important historical documents in production today. Visualizing Art History allows Janeann to use her filmmaking magic to record experimental animation and Jules Engel, one of our great artists. We expect this to be an award winning cinematic achievement.
The short form documentary, JULES ENGEL: AN ARTIST FOR ALL SEASONS has been widely screened nationally and internationally (Spain, Switzerland, Italy, and France). This short form of the larger feature project is but a glimpse into the art history and teaching philosophy of this seminal figure, Jules Engel.
JANEANN DILL is an independent filmmaker, fine artist, writer and scholar. She earned a Ph.D. in Media Philosophy (Switzerland), and a M.F.A. in Experimental Animation (CalArts). Her films have been widely screened around the globe and at home, she is a producer-director-writer and animation artist who is a published author within the fields of animation, cinema, and fine arts. When an abstract painter In-Residence at the American Center In Paris, Dill realized a personal vision for the future of her work as "moving in time." That vision led her to Jules Engel, an abstract painter and her mentor in experimental animation as a graduate student at CalArts. In 1998 Dr. William Mortiz, another of her mentors, nominated Janeann Dill to become the authorized Biographer of Jules Engel, subsequently leading to a research grant from the iotaCenter Fund (Los Angeles) to author an artist’s monograph on Engel. Thus, the genesis of the expansive Jules Engel Biographical Project. http://jules-engel.com/Bio Dr. Dill is the Founder of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Art & Creative Intelligence whose mission is to support a sustainable ecology of creative intelligence in critical studies and praxis across the disciplines of cinema, fine arts, dance, music, science and technology. http://interdisciplinaryartinstitute.com
Press Release September 15, 2012
Carole Dean, President of From the Heart Productions, Inc. announced
Suzanne Mitchell as the winner of the Roy Dean Spring 2012 grant.
Suzanne Mitchell, Producer of Running Wild: The Story of Dayton O. Hyde
Dayton O. Hyde is a consummate conservationist, a naturalist’s naturalist and an award-winning writer – and as one of the last old-style cowboys, a fitting symbol of the American West. Hyde has a lifelong habit of turning impossible dreams into reality. A former rodeo clown, Life Magazine photographer and cattle rancher, Dayton understands the fragility of our environment and the creatures that inhabit the land. Whether he is protecting the sandhill cranes of western Oregon, the coyotes on the western plains, or the hundreds of wild mustangs who now run free on his 12,000-acre not-for profit wild horse sanctuary located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Dayton’s efforts will have lasting effects for generations to come.
We are proud to support Suzanne. She has spent years working on this important historical document which is a testament to one man’s ability to save horses and the prairie.
We feel Suzanne has done a brilliant job capturing the essence of the old west as well as the current problems that Dayton Hyde has to face to keep his horses on the range.
Duart gave Suzanne a generous discount on her editing and sound mixing, which she is using immediately and Edgewise gave her products, Fernanda Rossi advice, Glue Edit gave color corrections, DIGIFI gave digitizing services, Claire Papin gave voice over services to name a few do the donations.
Running Wild: The Story of Dayton O. Hyde is a cinematic adventure that examines the life of a man who through prose, poetry, land and wildlife conservation, extreme perseverance and enormous grace and wisdom has preserved part of American history. His life story is not without pain and struggle and consequences are outweighed by purpose. As Dayton Hyde puts it, “My purpose was to change things… hang the circumstances.”
Running Wild will take viewers back to lost times and forgotten places, giving them pause to reflect on their own contributions to this world. For more information please go to www.runningwildfilm.com
From The Heart Productions Announces Winner of Fall 2011 Roy W. Dean Media Grant.
The documentary, “FARMY: An Army of Farmers”, wins latest grant. Other winners this year include Beth Harrison’s “The Winding Stream” and Leslie Neale’s “Unlikely Friends”.
Oxnard, CA November 21st – From The Heart Productions, the non-profit film funding organization that produces the Roy W. Dean Media Grant, awarded the Fall 2011 grant to Producer/Director: Dulanie Ellis and Co-Producer Raymond Singer for their documentary “Farmy: An Army of Farmers”. They will receive over $40,000 in film products and services to help them complete their project.
For 19 years, the Roy W. Dean Media Grant has bestowed grants to films that are unique and make a contribution to society. It is awarded three times a year. Donations are in services and products that help the filmmaker complete their project. The donations include everything from camera rental to voice over. In all, the Roy W. Dean Media Grant has given away over $2,000,000 in donations to finish films..
“Entries were up 20% over 2010” said Carole Dean, president of From The Heart Productions. “With so many great projects covering important topics that all need to be heard, it was tough to choose just one.”
“FARMY: An Army of Farmers”, champions the growing number of returning veterans who are finding their redemption through organic farming and ranching. These veterans are not just reclaiming their lives; they are regenerating our degraded soil, rebuilding communities, and growing a healthier America.
The winner of the Summer 2011 Roy W. Dean Media Grant, Leslie Neale’s “Unlikely Friends”, explores how victims of horrific crimes seek forgiveness from the perpetrator of those crimes in order to heal themselves.
“The Winding Stream”, directed and produced by Beth Harrison, was the winner of the Spring 2011 Roy W. Dean Media Grant. It tells the epic story of Johnny Cash, June Carter musical family. The film is punctuated with studio performances by George Jones, Rosanne Cash, and Sheryl Crow.
Applications for the Spring, 2012 Roy W. Dean Media Grant can be submitted beginning December 1st. Guidelines and application can be found at www.fromtheheartproductions.com/grant-guidelines.shtml
About From The Heart Productions
From the Heart Productions (www.fromtheheartproductions.com) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to funding films that are “unique and make a contribution to society”. Established in 1992 by Carole Dean, the grants are named in honor of her father who was a great supporter of financially strapped filmmakers.
“The Art of Funding” written by Carole Dean, is a step by step guide on getting your film funded and produced. From The Heart is a fiscal sponsor for over 50 projects now seeking funding. A major advantage From The Heart has as a fiscal sponsor for donors is, that as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, all donations are tax deductible. Fiscal sponsorships can be set up also with From The Heart and Indiegogo.com ( http://www.indiegogo.com/partners/4 ) with a reduced fiscal fee and no goal penalty.
President, From The Heart Productions
PRESS RELEASE Today’s Date: September 7, 2011
Contact: Beth Harrington Phone: 503-260-7020
Carole Dean of From the Heart Productions is pleased to announce that independent filmmaker Beth Harrington is this year’s recipient of the Roy W. Dean NYC Grant. Harrington’s film is The Winding Stream - The Carters, the Cashes and the Course of Country Music. This feature-length music documentary will benefit from over $30,000 in in-kind services from a variety of donors in the film industry.
About the Film
The Winding Stream is the story of the dynastic family at the heart of American roots music. Starting with the seminal Original Carter Family (AP, Sara, Maybelle), the film traces the ebb and flow of their influence, the transformation of that act into the Carter Sisters, the marital alliance with legend Johnny Cash and the efforts of present-day family to keep this musical legacy alive. The film features interviews and performances by a wide-range of artists including Johnny Cash and June Carter, Rosanne Cash, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Carolina Chocolate Drops and many others.
To learn more about the film, visit: www.thewindingstream.com
About the Filmmaker
Beth Harrington has been producing, directing and writing documentary work for over 30 years. Her focus is on American culture, music and history. Her most recent independent production, Welcome to the Club – The Women of Rockabilly, a film about the pioneering women of rock & roll has been seen on public television and at film festivals in the US and abroad and was honored with a 2003 Grammy nomination in the Best Long Form Video category. An Emmy nominee several times over, she has worked both independently and on contract for PBS through WGBH in Boston and Oregon Public Broadcasting. To learn more about Beth Harrington’s film work, visit: www.bethharrington.com
About the Roy W. Dean Grant
In 1992 Carole created the Roy W. Dean Grant Foundation in honor of her late father. To date Carole's grant and mentorship programs have provided filmmakers with millions of dollars in goods and services and have played an instrumental role in establishing the careers of some of the industry's most promising filmmakers. From the Heart has given close to $2,000,000 in over 35 grants. Films sponsored by the Roy W. Dean grants include "A Chance to Grow" and "Salvaged Lives" (Discovery Channel) "Save A Man to Fight" (History Channel), "The Flute Player", “In My Corner”, "Homeland", "Shakespeare Behind Bars" and “Halstead Street” (PBS), "Stolen" (Court TV), and "All Power to the People" (Starz) to mention a few. For more information on this grant visit: www.fromtheheartproductions.com
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Filmmakers on the Map
Dean, owner and operator of From the Heart Productions, a non-profit
helping hundreds of filmmakers over the years, has joined with Indie
Go-Go in a partnership that will provide numerous benefits to all
films that are covered by our fiscal sponsorships. www.indiegogo.com www.fromtheheartproductions.com
Go-Go(IGG) provides fundraising, promotion and discovery tools to
the film and media industry. From the Heart
Productions(FTHP) is a non-profit and a fiscal sponsor to qualifying
filmmakers. With the two combining forces, filmmakers will not
be charged the 5% penalty if they don't hit your goal. They
will receive all the money they raise less their fees through FTHP bi-weekly
and all donors receive a tax write-off.
is the 4th company to be given a partnership with IGG and
this will prove to be beneficial to emerging film companies like SouLucet
Films, who will be launching a campaign on Indie Go-Go for their documentary
"The Eternal Rhythm", and established ones like Jilann Spitzmiller,
who's films, Shakespeare Behind Bars and Homeland have
had great success with help from FTH, for example being picked up by
through IGG is now in 140 countries and payment through PayPal allows
the filmmaker to receive their money from people all over the world.
This in turn, acts as a grassroots effort to not only build fans for
the films but also create income for production.
Dean is also an author and mentor, whose two books are considered essential
for any filmmaker, The Art of Manifesting: Creating Your Life
and The Art of Film Funding, of which a third edition is on the
brink of publication with many new contributions from relevant and up
to date experts in all areas of filmmaking. She is also responsible
for assisting many filmmakers, providing a film grant she awards every
year in the name of her father, the Roy W. Dean Film Grant.
demand for niche content continues to grow, social media becomes increasingly
ubiquitous and distribution channels continue to proliferate, the opportunity
and importance for filmmakers to connect with audiences for assistance
with fundraising and promotion will only expand. This is vital
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(San Francisco, CA) - "Burned," a new documentary feature directed by the producer of "Who Killed the Electric Car?", is the recipient of this year's Roy W. Dean Los Angeles Film Grant. The grant, offered to one outstanding film a year, will provide over $30,000 in services.
"Burned," by director/producer Jessie Deeter and producer/editor Sara Maamouri, addresses the possible wrongful execution of a Texas man, Cameron Todd Willingham. Despite reliable evidence indicating his innocence, he was executed for the arson deaths of his three young children, and is now at the center of the national debate about the death penalty. "Burned" tells his story, from the flawed investigation and community vilification that led to his arrest, through the lightning fast trial and the many years of hopeless appeals and lets the audience be the jury in this controversial case.
"The instant Jessie told me about this story, I knew we had to make this film," says Maamouri. "We've been pushing ahead on this film since January 2010, with minimal financial support, thanks to the belief and dedication of the entire Burned team. It's such an honour to have our hard work recognized and for opportunity to work with this group of talented donors while finishing the film."
From the Heart Productions is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1992 by Carole Dean and dedicated to funding films that are unique and make a contribution to society. The Roy W. Dean Grant, named for Carole Dean's father, has been given to important documentary films for 16 years. Services and consultations donated by a select group of companies, including Edgewise Media, Analogue Digital, Silver Sound, Writer's Boot Camp and BIG VISION, Hi Def studios, will be instrumental in the completion of Deeter's film.
Contact: Producer Sara Maamouri email@example.com or 510.418.7171
CATHRYNE CZUBEK's documentary, "A GIRL AND A GUN," wins
2010 ROY W. DEAN NEW YORK VIDEO GRANT
(New York, NY) - "A Girl and A Gun," a new documentary feature directed by Cathryne Czubek, is the recipient of this year's Roy W. Dean New York City grant.
"A Girl and A Gun," (director/producer Cathryne Czubek; producer Jessica Wolfson; editor Kristin Rodriguez) explores the complex relationship between women and their guns. Filmed throughout America, this documentary delves deep into the psyche of the American gun world, capturing its transformation from subculture to mainstream as women arm themselves in rapidly high numbers. This hotly debated topic is particularly pertinent when viewed in the context of the recent court ruling that upholds the right to own guns for self-defense.
Penetrating far beyond Hollywood's hyper-sexualized gun-toting goddesses, "A Girl and A Gun," candidly portrays the modern American woman through intimate portraits that revolve around fundamental issues of preservation, power, feminism and violence. The narrative highlights four women whose lives have been irrevocably touched by firearms. A Bronx social worker substitutes pistols for her loss of physical power; a gun-control activist from New Jersey reversed her stance on owning weapons after a stray bullet paralyzed her daughter; despite losing her brother in a hunting accident, a Tennessee nurse sees her own hunting as the ultimate way to provide for her family; a graphic designer from New Hampshire survived a violent rape in her thirties, and when she was viciously attacked again - she was prepared. "The second time, I had a gun."
"I set out to make a movie that clearly and objectively depicts the fascinating and conflicting relationship women have with their guns. It's a subject that's kept me riveted in recent years and I'm honored and grateful to have my work validated," says Czubek.
For the last 17 years Carole Dean and From the Heart Productions have awarded this coveted and prestigious grant annually to one film that "exposes and brings important information to light". Services and consultations donated by a select group of companies, including Edgewise Media, Analogue Digital, Silver Sound and Writer's Boot Camp will accelerate the completion of Czubek's film.
December 9, 2008
Press Release: From the Heart Productions has awarded Slavenska Dance Preservation the 2009 Roy W. Dean Los Angeles Video Grant for its documentary feature Mia, A Dancer's Odyssey, on the life of the celebrated 20th century émigré ballerina, Mia Slavenska. The grant will provide over $35,000 in post-production services. From the Heart Productions is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding films that are "unique and make a contribution to society."
PAULA ELY, “THE MONEY STONE,” NAMED WINNER OF 2008 ROY DEAN LOS ANGELES VIDEO GRANT
(Los Angeles, CA) - “The Money Stone,” a new documentary feature, has received the 2008 Roy W. Dean Los Angeles Video Grant. The grant is awarded annually by Carole Dean and From the Heart Productions. The filmmakers will receive goods and services valued at more than $30,000 from a variety of donors, including Universal Studios Sound, Lightning Dubs, and Edgewise, among many others.
“The Money Stone,” produced by Paula Ely and directed by Stuart Harmon, brings to light one of the world’s most hazardous professions -- the galamsey gold miners of Ghana. Across the globe, an estimated 13 million men, women and children dig hundreds of feet underground as small-scale miners, risking life and limb to scrape together a meager living in the most dangerous of working conditions. Ghana’s illegal gold mining industry has become one of the largest to date, employing nearly one million people nationwide. Despite the seemingly obvious dangers, these laborers have little knowledge of the implications of their work to their health and the communities around them. The hazardous and destructive methods used by the miners have created an environmental threat of epic proportions, contributing to an industry that has become globally the largest single emitter of mercury to the environment. Today, nearly one-quarter of the world’s gold output is estimated to originate from small-scale mining, yet few in the West know the story behind how this precious metal is obtained and at what personal and environmental cost.
Galamsey, taken roughly from the English “gather and sell,” is an age-old gold mining tradition in Ghana that dates back well before European colonizers. Most of the "galamsey" miners enter the dangerous profession of illegal gold mining for the same reason -- poverty and the perpetual search for work in a nation stricken by poverty. “The Money Stone” tells the story of the galamsey through the eyes of three characters. Justice, a 20 year-old galamsey digger, climbs down a four-foot square hole to pull gold-laden quartz rock out of the earth, eager to earn quick cash and go to trade school. Abdul, a 23 year-old miller, enjoys owning a galamsey mill because of the prosperity it has brought to his life but is unaware of the dangers that the dust and the mercury used to purify the gold pose to his health. Emmanuel, 19, joins a galamsey refinery in hopes of one day abandoning the job and going to the university.
From the Heart Productions is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1992 by Carole Dean and dedicated to funding films that are unique and make a contribution to society. The Roy W. Dean Grant, named for Carole Dean’s father, has been given to important documentary films for 16 years.
“We are thrilled to be this year’s recipient of the Roy W. Dean Grant,” says Ms. Ely. “We’re grateful to Carole and her team for their support and faith in “The Money Stone” and the contributions we’ll receive will help us to bring the film to the next level. It has been a pleasure to collaborate with Stuart Harmon on this important but little-known story, and we’re excited to complete the film and share it with an audience. We hope that by telling the galamsey story, we might begin a conversation about improving the conditions in small-scale mining communities worldwide. ”
Winner of the LA Film Grant for 2009
SHAKESPEARE HIGH Producers Brad Kopenick, Lori Miller, and Alex Rotaru, and Director Alex Rotaru
"Shakespeare High", is a feature-length documentary about a group of teens in Southern California whose lives are profoundly changed by learning, and then performing Shakespeare in the 90th Annual DTASC Shakespeare Competition. The film follows several students - mainly underserved, and from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and explores how their dedication to drama provides them the purpose and passion to overcome great challenges.
Amongst the teens chronicled include Tosh from East Los Angeles, a former gangbanger whose discovery of drama rescued him and diverted him to follow his passion, stay in high school, and get good grades. In the high desert town of Hesperia, African American football stars twins Galvin and Melvin found Shakespeare after their father murdered their mother during an acrimonious divorce. They are drawn to the violent nature of Othello because it helps them release repressed traumatic feelings in ways they didn't think possible. Nicole - earnest and wise-beyond-her-years - is consumed by her drama studies. Her mother suffers from a terminal disease, and her family is broke. She can't afford to go to a four-year liberal arts college to pursue her dream career, and despairs that she'll never get out of her small town.
These are but a few of the thousands of stories of Southern California high school students who compete in the DTASC Shakespeare Festival. After we meet and hear these inspirational and emotional tales, we follow our protagonists to the competition and watch as months of arduous preparation culminate in a single, frantic day - when performances are judged by an expert jury/verdicts rendered/dreams ended/prizes won - and careers begun...
Contact: Lori Miller, Producer firstname.lastname@example.org
EMERGING APPALACHIAN FILMMAKER AND DIRECTOR OF THE COAL WAR WINS THE ROY W. DEAN NEW YORK FILM GRANT
Chad A. Stevens, aspiring Appalachian filmmaker, is the recipient of the 2009 Roy W. Dean New York Film Grant, "one of the largest film grant competitions in the world."
The film, The Coal War, directed and produced by Chad A. Stevens, is the story of a symbol: one mountain destined to be destroyed by the coal industry and one woman's struggle to save Coal River Mountain by creating the first sustainable energy project in the Appalachian coalfields, the Coal River Wind Farm. The film follows the story of Lorelei Scarbro and the Coal River Wind Campaign through to the final showdown - protests on the mountain, in a court of law, in the state legislature, in the governor's office, and in the national offices of the EPA. As Scarbro says, "This is a David versus Goliath story. I know what we are doing is right, but just because you are right doesn't mean you'll win."
The grant, which funds "films that expose and bring important information to light," awards recipients an array of products, services and consultations from these New York area sponsors:
$500.00 free budgeting consultation with Norman C. Berns
30% discount on original music by John Keltonic
$5,000 in studio and editing for a 5 minute promo tape from Metro Access.
$3,000 in Equipment rental from: Abel Cine Tech Inc.
$2,700 in rentals including a light package from: Unilux Inc.
$1,600 value / sound mix session from: Silver Sound.
$1,500 in services from Analogue Digital Intl, Inc., NY. Editing when available or duplication, you provide tapes.
$1,400 audio equipment rental from: AAA Communications.
$1,000 in voice over services from Claire Papin
$750 value of fundraising consultation from: C'est Fou!
$500 in tape stock from Edgewise Media.
$500 new web site by Silke Mayer
50% off ($400 value) for a story structure consultation with Fernanda Rossi, The Documentary Doctor.
25% reduction in legal fees from Hal "Corky" Kessler, producer/attorney
$279 in free storyboarding software from PowerProduction.
$149 ProductionPro Budget program the only tool designed for the non-studio filmmaker and packed with power demanded by pros. Includes the industry's only drop and drag rate book!
7 Day free rental of Panasonic AGDVX 100 Camera From DCTVNY
GOOGLE SUPPORTS FILMS & FILMMAKERS WITH MARKETING GRANT
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From the Heart Productions, Inc. has been awarded a Google grant. Google gave free advertising for one year. This allows FTH to advertising their fiscal sponsorship opportunities and their three grants, east coast closing 4/30 and the two west coast grants closing 6/30 and 8/30. www.fromtheheartproductions.com www.google.com
This is an opportunity to reach filmmakers who need fiscal sponsorships.
From the Heart gives personal consultations to any film they sponsor. With almost 20 years of giving grants, they teach you how to create an award-winning proposal, develop a film-funding pitch and learn how to make a successful “ask” for money.
The non-profit was created to support films that are unique and make a contribution to society. Over 30 grants have been awarded to emerging filmmakers who have successfully created films with strong characters and important content.
From the Heart’s mission is to empower filmmakers through their grants and fiscal sponsorships with free consultations, and now they have an incredible partnership with Indiegogo. This partnership allows FTH to sponsor films for crowd-funding without any penalty if they don’t reach their goals. All filmmakers get paid bi-monthly. Knowing how to mount a successful campaign is on the FTH web site, and specific information is given to filmmakers who become fiscally sponsored by them.
FTH has created a comprehensive outline of how to successfully crowd fund. Through the donation from Google, they have been able to reach more students and emerging filmmakers.
“Because of Google’s generous gift, FTH will be able to increase donations to the film grants and move films into production faster. “ ---- Carole Dean, President-- August 2011
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