Tribeca Film Institute today announced the 2015 grantees of the Sloan Filmmaker Fund. This year’s recipients will receive a collective total of $150,000 in grants. The jury included producer Anne Carey, actors Raul Esparza and Danny Glover, physicist Ben Lillie and neuroscientist Daniela Schiller. TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund grantees who’ve seen great success include “The Imitation Game,” nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture, and Andrew Bujalski’s 2012 “Computer Chess,” which was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards.
The 2015 TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund grantees include some familiar faces. Ben Lewin directed the critically adored 2012 “The Sessions,” nabbing Helen Hunt a Best Supporting Actress nomination. Documentarian Jessica Sanders was Oscar-nominated for her short film “Sing!” in 2002 and directed another documentary about the judicial powers of DNA evidence, “After Innocence,” in 2005.
“The Catcher Was a Spy,” directed by Ben Lewin, produced by Tatiana Kelly. Based on the best selling book by Nicholas Dawidoff, this is the true story of Moe Berg – Major League Baseball player, Ivy League graduate, attorney who spoke nine languages—and a top-secret spy for the OSS who helped the U.S. win the race against Germany to build the atomic bomb. Pre-production
“House of Tomorrow,” directed by Peter Livolsi. A home-schooled sixteen-year-old raised on the futurist teachings of Buckminster Fuller gets a chance at life outside his bubble when he meets a punk rock kid with a heart transplant who wants to start a band. Development
“The Man Who Knew Infinity,” directed by Matt Brown and produced by Jim Young, Jomon Thomas, Edward Pressman and Swati Bhise. Based on the life of math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan and Professor G.H. Hardy, who recognized Ramanujan’s brilliance despite the latter’s lack of formal training and education and plucked him from obscurity in Edwardian India. Post-production
“Picking Cotton,” directed by Jessica Sanders. The riveting true story of rape survivor Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton, whom she had wrongfully identified as her rapist. After 11 years in prison, DNA evidence cleared Ronald of the crime. Jennifer and Ronald are now friends and activists, improving the criminal justice system. Early-development
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On Wednesday, April 22, Tribeca hosts a Sloan Retrospective Screening of “Good Will Hunting” with director Gus van Sant and star Minnie Driver participating in a panel discussion.