Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics
The Foundation has developed a nationwide film program that includes support of film schools, film festivals and screenplay development partners, and film production and distribution platforms. The goals of this program are to influence the next generation of filmmakers to tackle science and technology themes and characters, to increase visibility for feature films that depict this subject matter, and to develop new scripts about science and technology that can be produced and released theatrically. The program has created a film development pipeline of multiple program partners through whom Sloan nurtures and develops individual projects with different grants until they are successfully launched.
Recent projects to come through Sloan's development pipeline include: Morten Tyldum's The Imitation Game, which received Sloan development funding through the Tribeca Film Institute and won the 2014 Sloan Feature Film Prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival; Andrew Bujalski's Computer Chess, which received Sloan development funding through the Tribeca Film Institute, and won the Sloan Feature Film Prize at Sundance before opening theatrically in summer 2013; Robot & Frank, originally a $20,000 Sloan production grant winner at NYU that opened theatrically in 2012 starring Frank Langella and Susan Sarandon; Musa Syeed's Valley of Saints, shot in Kashmir, which was awarded three Sloan development grants and is being distributed by Sundance Artist Services; Jenny Deller's Future Weather, starring three generations of women, which was developed through multiple Sloan grants and debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2012; and Here, starring Ben Foster, which won a Sloan grant at Sundance and opened at IFC in 2012.
- Film Schools: American Film Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, New York University, University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern California
- Film Festivals and Screenplay Development: Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Institute, Hamptons International Film Festival, Film Independent
- Film Production and Distribution: Film Independent, Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation
- Community Building: The Museum of the Moving Image, Science & Entertainment Exchange
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