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Eight Indie Theaters Receive Grants to Implement "Science on Screen" Series

By Indiewire Staff | Indiewire July 19, 2011 at 8:38AM

The Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation have selected eight independent non-profit cinemas from across the country to receive $7,000 each in grant funding to implement "Science on Screen" programs at their theaters.
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Eight Indie Theaters Receive Grants to Implement "Science on Screen" Series

The Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation have selected eight independent non-profit cinemas from across the country to receive $7,000 each in grant funding to implement "Science on Screen" programs at their theaters.

"Science on Screen" is a "program that creatively pairs screenings of feature films and documentaries with lively presentations by scientific experts and technological innovators." All eight winners "have a track record of building successful community collaborations, producing compelling film programs with an educational component, and reaching out to diverse audiences."

The winners:

California Film Institute, San Rafael, CA (www.cafilm.org)
Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, NY (www.cinemaartscentre.org)
The Loft Cinema, Tucson, AZ (www.loftcinema.com)
Maiden Alley Cinema, Paducah, KY (www. maidenalleycinema.com)
Oklahoma City Museum of Art Film Program, Oklahoma City, OK (www.okcmoa.com), in conjunction with Circle Cinema, Tulsa, Oklahoma (www.circlecinema.com)
Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT (www.realartways.org)
SIFF Cinema, Seattle, WA (www.siff.net)
Tampa Theatre, Tampa, FL (www.tampatheatre.org)

And the full press release:

Brookline, MA, July 19, 2011 – The Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced today that they have selected eight independent non-profit cinemas from across the country to receive more than $50,000 in total grant funding to implement Science on Screen programs at their theaters.

This national grant initiative is an outgrowth of the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Science on Screen series, a program that creatively pairs screenings of feature films and documentaries with lively presentations by scientific experts and technological innovators. With funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the program will be implemented at art house theaters in a cross-section of cities and towns. Each theater will receive a grant of $7,000.

The Science on Screen grant recipients are:

California Film Institute, San Rafael, CA (www.cafilm.org)
Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, NY (www.cinemaartscentre.org)
The Loft Cinema, Tucson, AZ (www.loftcinema.com)
Maiden Alley Cinema, Paducah, KY (www. maidenalleycinema.com)
Oklahoma City Museum of Art Film Program, Oklahoma City, OK (www.okcmoa.com), in conjunction with Circle Cinema, Tulsa, Oklahoma (www.circlecinema.com)
Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT (www.realartways.org)
SIFF Cinema, Seattle, WA (www.siff.net)
Tampa Theatre, Tampa, FL (www.tampatheatre.org)

All eight grant recipients have contributed to the cultural life of their communities in a significant way. All eight have a track record of building successful community collaborations, producing compelling film programs with an educational component, and reaching out to diverse audiences.

The Coolidge Corner Theatre launched its Science on Screen series in 2005. Over the years, the series has a featured an eclectic mix of classic, cult, science fiction, and documentary films, all preceded by a talk on a related scientific and technological subject. Topics have ranged from how our brains process memories of intense emotional experiences ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") to animal mobbing behavior ("The Birds") to innovations in music technology ("Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey").

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation saw Science on Screen as an extension of its mission to advance public understanding of science and technology through film, and awarded the Coolidge a $150,000 grant to expand and administer the program nationally. For over a decade, the Sloan Foundation has partnered with leading film schools and film festivals to support and recognize screenwriters and filmmakers who explore scientific themes in their work. For the Sloan Foundation, Science on Screen presented a different kind of opportunity to show how science and technology are woven into the fabric of modern life and can help unlock the mysteries of the human heart as well as elucidating the laws of nature and of the built environment.

In January, the Sloan Foundation and the Coolidge Corner Theatre launched the national Science on Screen initiative at the fourth annual Art House Convergence, a meeting of representatives from more than 200 North American independent film exhibitors. The Coolidge distributed a Science on Screen “how-to guide” to attendees, and all U.S.-based, non-profit members of the Art House Convergence were invited to apply for a grant.

Grant applicants were required to pitch at least one original program idea and outline their speaker recruitment and audience-building strategies. The recipients are required to create and implement a minimum of three Science on Screen events during the grant period (June 1, 2011 – June 1, 2012).

About the Coolidge Corner Theatre

The Coolidge Corner Theatre is one of the nation’s most prominent independently operated movie theatres, run by the not-for-profit Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation. A beloved movie house, the Coolidge has been pleasing audiences with the best in cinematic entertainment since 1933. In addition to contemporary art house and independent film, the Coolidge presents the prestigious annual Coolidge Award, Science on Screen, high-definition broadcasts of live opera, ballet, and theater performances, Big Screen Classics, midnight screenings of cult films, kids’ programs, and sneak previews and discussion of upcoming films as part of Talk Cinema. The Coolidge has won numerous awards and honors for its creative programming. For more information, visit www.coolidge.org.

About the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The New York-based Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, founded in 1934, makes grants in science, technology and economic performance. The Foundation’s program in Public Understanding of Science and Technology, directed by Doron Weber, supports books, radio, film, television, theater, and the Internet to reach a wide, non-specialized audience.

Sloan’s Film Program encourages filmmakers to create more realistic and accurate stories about science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes about scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. Over the past ten years, Sloan has partnered with six of the top film schools in the country – American Film Institute, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, NYU, UCLA and USC – and established annual awards in screenwriting and film production. The Foundation has also sponsored screenwriting and film production workshops at the Hamptons International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and Film Independent’s Producer’s Lab. Sloan Feature Film Prizes in Science and Technology, awarded at the Hamptons International and Sundance film festivals, have gone to some of the nation’s leading filmmakers while helping to launch the careers of promising newcomers. For more information, visit www.sloan.org.

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