As a little girl in Texas, Carole daydreamed about movies and movie stars. Years later, married to a Los Angeles cinematographer, she devised a way to become part of the film industry. The business she created helped many filmmakers get started and nurtured the independent film industry.
One day while watching a cameraman reload a camera, Carole learned that the unused film would be thrown away. Knowing that many filmmakers could not afford film stock, she borrowed $20 from her husband and began buying and selling what the industry calls "short ends".
By buying unwanted film stock from studio features, television shows and commercials, that small investment grew to become Studio Film & Tape and gave filmmakers like Cassavettes and Corman the opportunity to produce films that otherwise might never have been made.
Studio Film & Tape became a $15 million dollar a year business with offices in Hollywood, New York, and Chicago. Its success led to acquiring the national dealership for Fuji motion picture film. With Fuji the preferred choice of independent feature filmmakers, Studio Film & Tape became the largest independent motion picture film dealer in the world.
The company also became the largest resellers in the country for Maxell, Fuji, and Sony tape stock, which Carole discovered could be recycled. Her pioneer efforts in evaluating used tape stock and making it suitable for resale, created another marketable industry.
While running Studio Film & Tape, Carole started From The Heart Productions. Her interest in alternative medicine and spirituality, inspired her to produce Health Styles for local cable television, and she was the first to interview Deepak Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Caroline Myss and many others.
In 1992, Carole launched Roy W. Dean Film Grants, which awards film and film services to filmmakers with unique projects that make a contribution to society. The grants do not go to finished films, but to filmmakers beginning or in the middle of a project that needs help.
The grants program was launched prior to cable television's focus on documentaries when networks like Discovery, Bravo, National Geographic did not exist. The Roy W. Dean Grants encouraged documentarians, kept many going, and produced many projects that could not find funding.
With over 38 grant winners to date and over $2,000,000 in donations, some of the film industry's most promising newcomers have been helped. Grants are available 3 times per year. Besides production and post assistance, applicants are also guided in raising project funds.
Having built Studio Film & Tape into one of the largest woman-owned businesses in the industry, Carole sold the company to Edgewise Media to focus on helping filmmakers with From The Heart. Her best-selling book The Art of Film Funding, published by Michael Wiese Publicatiions, is in its second edition, and Carole is a popular speaker on film funding.
From The Heart is a 501C (3) nonprofit so all donations are tax deductible. Fees are kept low so the majority of proceeds up in filmmakers' hands. All sponsored films receive free advice on creating investor proposals, pitches, and trailers. From The Heart Productions participates in crowd funding with indiegogo.com .
From her base in Oxnard, California, Carole's passion for helping filmmakers keeps her busy with Roy W. Dean Grants, From The Heart Productions sponsorships, continual updates to The Art of Film Funding, filmmaker mentoring, and a blog on manifesting dreams and reaching goals.