Film Independent has announced that it will be co-producing next month’s 2014 Sloan Film Summit, along with the program’s main benefactor, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. This year’s Summit, which includes the traditional roster of panels, presentations, screenings and networking events, will also mark the launch of a new $50,000 grant to assist with the distribution of finished films (specifically P&A expenses).
Launched by the Sloan Foundation in 1997, the Sloan Film Program provides grants to film students working on projects that aim to bridge the gap between science and popular culture. Since its inception, the program has awarded four million dollars in grants to more than 500 projects.
Doron Weber, Vice President of the Sloan Foundation called the 2014 Summit a “watershed moment for the Sloan Foundation’s pioneering science and technology Film Program and for science themed films in general as they begin to move into the cinematic mainstream.”
“Three of 2014’s major Oscar-winning films — ‘Gravity,’ ‘Her’ and ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ — and at least two early 2015 contender — ‘Theory of Everything’ and ‘The Imitation Game’ — exemplify the kind of work long championed by Sloan,” continued Weber. “The Imitation Game has already received two Sloan awards this year. We are thrilled to host this summit with our partners at Film Independent and to celebrate the achievements of so many talented new voices, in theater and television as well as film, who have turned a fundamental but little understood driver of modern life into the raw material of new art.”
The 2014 Summit will take place November 14-16 in Los Angeles. Focus Features’ Stephen Hawking biopic, “The Theory of Everything” will kick off the three-day event with an evening screening on November 14, which will be followed by a Q&A with stars Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne. Professor David E. Kaplan, a theoretical physicist at Johns Hopkins University, will moderate the conversation.
“House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon will deliver the keynote address on Sunday November 16 for “Science and the Art of Storytelling,” a day-long event that is open to the public and includes exclusive sneak peaks of the upcoming Sloan films “Basmati Blues” starring Scott Bakula, Brie Larson and Donald Sutherland; “The Man Who Knew Infinity” starring Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel; and “Experimenter” starring Peter Sarsgaard, Taryn Manning, Winona Ryder and Kellan Lutz.
A screening of Morten Tyldem’s “The Imitation Game,” which won the Alfred P. Sloan Film Prize at this year’s Hamptons International Film Festival, will close out the weekend.
Beginning November 3, members of the public can visit the Sloan Film Summit site in order to access RSVP information for select events.