The Tribeca Film Institute has announced the 2014 grantees of the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, which gives filmmakers funding and guidance with regards to innovative films that are concerned with science, mathematics, and technology. This years TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund recipients will receive a total of $150,000 in grants to support their projects, whose projects range from an astrophysicist’s love story, to a WWII computer pioneer. Each film will be honored at TFI’s VIP Reception, during the Tribeca Film Festival.
This year’s winning projects were chosen by a jury of arts and science professionals, including actors John Slattery and Meg Ryan, writer Jonathan Nolan, Heather Berlin, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine and John Quakenbush, Harvard Professor of computational biology and bioinformatics.
Recent TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund grantee successes include 2030 (TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund 2013), which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, 2014; Computer Chess (TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund 2012), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013 and was also nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards; A Birder’s Guide to Everything (TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund 2011), which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013, was purchased for distribution by Focus World and premiered in theaters in March; and Experimenter (TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund 2009), a film about Stanley Milgram directed by Michael Almereyda is slated to shoot this May.
“Through our partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute continues to be fortunate enough to give grants and professional development to filmmakers who recognize science as a rich source for story,” said Tamir Muhammad, Director of Feature Programming at TFI. “Coming off the recent success of completing several films through the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, we are able to broaden the range of story types and scientific themes in our grantees’ works, as evidenced by the three excellent projects we honor this year.”
Selected projects for funding (descriptions courtesy of TFI):
Afronauts March 1965. The US and the USSR race to put a man on the moon. Thousands of kilometers away, a recently-disgraced group of Zambian exiles is also attempting a mission into Space. Inspired by the true story of the Zambia Space Academy. Frances N. Bodomo (Director, Screenwriter)
Imitation Game The life of British mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, who cracked the German “Enigma” Code to change the direction of WWII and is heralded as the pioneer of modern day computing. Benedict Cumberbatch stars with Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, and Matthew Goode. Morten Tyldum (Director) Graham Moore (Screenwriter)
Venus Transit Iris, an old astrophysicist, needs to reach Palomar to keep the promise she made her late husband to watch the transit of Venus. She finds a driver and eventually an unexpected friend in Hannah, a fortysomething chick-lit novelist going through a marriage crisis. Giulia Corda (Screenwriter)
Additionally, The Sloan Foundation will be showcasing its longstanding relationship with TFI through several events during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival including a retrospective screening and panel discussion around the 10th anniversary of Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind and a Sloan Work In Progress Readings event that will take place at the Crosby Street Hotel on April 21st.