Why a film about listening?

Even though most of us spend a majority of our day in communication with other people, and a large percentage of that time is spent listening, very few of us have ever been taught HOW to listen or WHY it’s so important.

Learning to listen deeply changes lives. It saves marriages. It strengthens friendships and dissolves challenges. It impacts a business’ bottom line and a child’s ability to learn. And sometimes – more often than we might think – it honest-to-goodness saves lives.

Listening is the point of connection that allows us to see past our own stories and emotions and acknowledge the other person as fully human. Listening with empathy – listening to understand – is the key to improving every relationship in your life.

It’s a simple thing, but not always easy and while some people are naturally good listeners, we can all improve our listening skills. It just takes knowledge, practice and the willingness to not always be right.

About the film:

Listen Closely is a feature-length documentary that examines how the quality of your listening affects the quality of your life.

We are looking at the power of listening in the areas of love, parenting, business, educationend-of-life, and social justice. With expert interviews and regular folks’ in-the-moment experiences, we examine different ways of listening, explore the notions of competence and mastery, dig into the barriers to listening and learn how to keep our hearts and minds open, even in times of conflict.

Now, more than ever, it’s time to listen to each other. It’s the first step for change and our greatest hope for the future.

Want to know about donation perks? Keep reading! For more info on our production team and experts, visit our website at ListenCloselyFilm.com

Current Status

Like most films right now, we are on hold due to the global pandemic. We are working away behind the scenes, waiting for the moment when we can resume filming. In the meantime, we continue to raise the funds we need for post-production. That’s where you come in! Be sure to watch the intro video above and then share this page with your friends & family and on social media. 

Our budget for this film is $212,000, which pays for high-quality equipment, filming, editing, color correction, music, insurance, legal fees, travel & accommodations, website, narration, marketing and promotion, festival entry fees, fiscal sponsorship fees and a 10% contingency amount for unexpected expenses. We’ve already raised a quarter of our budget and have completed 18 expert interviews along with 5 short interviews with incarcerated men in the Prison of Peace program at Corcoran State Prison. The footage looks fantastic and we can’t wait to get back to work.

We have a number of exciting rewards for those who wish to get involved.

Donation Perks!

ALL donations are tax-deductible and receive a thank you on the Listen Closely website, special film updates via email and our eternal gratitude.

Donations of $25 or more receive the above and a thank you in a special section of the end credits of the film.

Donations of $50 or more receive all of the above and online access to screen the film before it is released to the public.

Donations of $100 or more receive all of the above and a digital download of the film plus a signed postcard version of the Listen Closely poster.

Donations of $250 or more receive all of the above, a signed DVD copy of the film and an official Listen Closely t-shirt (3 designs to choose from)

Donations of $500 or more receive all of the above and a 30-minute private call with Alana Sheeren to get personalized tips on becoming a more effective listener OR your choice of one “Listen” print from artist Lori Portka (2 designs to choose from)

Donations of $1000 or more receive all of the above and a signed copy of the Listen Closely script, filled with valuable information from all of our experts.

Donations of $5000 or more receive all of the above and 2 tickets to the film premiere (travel not included) and an hour private Skype conversation with Alana Sheeren & members of the production team where you get to ask us anything you want about the film and its subject matter. You could even gather a few friends and we will Skype into your brunch or dinner party!

Donations of $10,000 or more receive all of the above and 4 tickets to the film premiere (travel not included) and an invitation to a private donors-only dinner (dates and locations to be announced, travel not included).

Donations of $20,000 or more receive all of the above and an official Associate Producer credit for the film in the credits and on IMDB.com, 6 tickets to the film premiere (travel not included) and an opportunity to screen a rough cut of the film in order to give us feedback.

If you are interested in making a donation of $10,000 or more, or would like to speak with us about larger investment options, please contact us directly at to discuss the details.

Donations may be made via the buttons above or by sending a check to From the Heart Productions, 1455 Mandalay Beach Road, Oxnard, California 93035-2845. Make checks payable to “From the Heart Productions” and put “Listen Closely” in the memo line.

Our vision with this film is to be a rallying point for a revolution that is already underway…a listening revolution. We want to reach regular folks in the midst of busy lives and nudge them with information, with inspiration, with heart, so they begin to wonder how being a better listener would change their life. Our hope is that we will give people enough reason to walk away from the film and begin making the baby steps (or giant leaps) that lead to change and to show them where to turn next if their curiosity and their lived experience lead them to go deeper. Our goal is for this film to make the world a kinder, more understanding, more compassionate place, where parents, children, spouses, friends, business associates and strangers all listen to each other just a little bit more, just a little bit better.

Donate today to help make this dream a reality.

Thank you for donating to Listen Closely!