The Hamptons International Film Festival and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation have awarded this year’s Alfred P. Sloan Feature Prize to Annie Howell and Lisa Robinson for their film “Small, Beautifully Moving Parts.” The award, given to features that inventively explore science and technology themes, comes with a $25,000 cash prize.
The comedy centers on Sarah Sparks, a tech-savvy woman who questions her life and priorities after becoming pregnant.
The films will screen at the festival on October 14 followed by a panel discussion involving the directors and actor Anna Margaret Hollyman.
Here’s the trailer:
The Foundation also supports the festival’s Screenwriter’s Lab each year. Two scripts are invited back each year for a table reading of their screenplay. This year’s selected scripts are listed below with synopses courtesy of the festival:
“= (“Equals”)” by Sheryl Glubok
When an uneducated prisoner in Alcatraz discovers he has an aptitude for mathematics, a straight-laced professor from Stanford University agrees to tutor him. With a love of mathematics as a common language, an unlikely friendship evolves and the prisoner is given one last shot at redemption.
“Newton’s Laws of Emotion” by Eugene Ramos
Isaac Newton and his friend, Edmund Halley, travel to London to present their invention before the Royal Society, England’s brotherhood of scientists, in the hope of becoming members. Unbeknownst to Newton, Halley is a spy for the English crown. Halley is tasked with stealing an equation discovered by Newton that may be able to predict the future.