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Sloan Foundation and Tribeca Award "A First Class Man" in Screenwriting Competition

By Indiewire | Indiewire March 28, 2007 at 8:42AM

David Freeman has been selected as the winning screenwriter in the Tribeca/Sloan Screenplay Development Program, organized by the Tribeca Film Festival and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Freeman's project, "A First Class Man," will receive financial support over the course of a year as he works on the script's development. He will also receive the assistance of "experts" in screenwriting and mathematics selected by the program. "A First Class Man" is a fictional examination of the life of Indian mathematician Srinivasa Aiyangar Ramanujan. "We are delighted to partner with Tribeca for the fifth year of this pioneering screenplay development program," commented Doron Weber, program director at the Sloan Foundation in a statement. "The life of Ramaujan, like other extraordinary figures in this script program...is a testament to the richness and complexity of the human beings whose remarkable achievements have changed modern culture and society. Science and technology offer new and unparalleled creative opportunities for filmmakers and screenwriters and the Tribeca/Sloan program remains in the forefront of this wave." [Brian Brooks]
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David Freeman has been selected as the winning screenwriter in the Tribeca/Sloan Screenplay Development Program, organized by the Tribeca Film Festival and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Freeman's project, "A First Class Man," will receive financial support over the course of a year as he works on the script's development. He will also receive the assistance of "experts" in screenwriting and mathematics selected by the program. "A First Class Man" is a fictional examination of the life of Indian mathematician Srinivasa Aiyangar Ramanujan. "We are delighted to partner with Tribeca for the fifth year of this pioneering screenplay development program," commented Doron Weber, program director at the Sloan Foundation in a statement. "The life of Ramaujan, like other extraordinary figures in this script program...is a testament to the richness and complexity of the human beings whose remarkable achievements have changed modern culture and society. Science and technology offer new and unparalleled creative opportunities for filmmakers and screenwriters and the Tribeca/Sloan program remains in the forefront of this wave." [Brian Brooks]

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