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AMMI and Sloan Launch Cinema/Science Partnership; “Primer” Event Kicks Off Project

AMMI and Sloan Launch Cinema/Science Partnership; "Primer" Event Kicks Off Project

AMMI and Sloan Launch Cinema/Science Partnership; “Primer” Event Kicks Off Project

by Eugene Hernandez

Shane Carruth’s “Primer.” Photo Courtesy 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

New York’s American Museum of the Moving Image (AMMI) has joined forces with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to foster a greater understanding of science, through cinema. The Sloan Foundation has provided nearly $500,000 over two years to launch an archive on the AMMI website ( of student films that have been honored by the Sloan Foundation. AMMI will curate the site, launching early next year, and also offer commentary exploring the aesthetics, techniques, and content of the science-based projects. Finally, the partnership will also include a series of events exploring science and film.

Tomorrow in New York, AMMI will launch its first Sloan Science on Film Dialogue, including a preview screening of Shane Carruth‘s “Primer,” followed by a discussion with filmmaker Carruth and a reception. The ongoing program of dialogues will be recorded and archived on the AMMI website as part of the partnership. Tomorrow’s discussion will include participants Jerome Swartz, co-founder and chairman of Symbol Technologies, a global leader in mobile data transmission.

“Primer,” cited by the Sloan Foundation for its “artistic rigor and imagination in dramatizing the passion of engineers working at the frontiers of technology,” is the story of a group of Texas engineers who create an invention allowing them to travel back in time.

“The Sloan Foundation is deeply committed to science education,” said Rochelle Slovin, Director of the Museum of the Moving Image, in statement “The archive of films is a significant new feature for our Website. This generous gift from the Sloan Foundation will help us to fulfill our mission of educating the public about film and digital media, and the science and artistry behind them.”

[The American Museum of the Moving Image has made a special offer to indieWIRE readers — tickets for the “Primer” event (Wednesday, October 6th at 7 p.m.) are available for the Museum member discounted price of $12 by mentioning indieWIRE.]

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