Today we announced the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund grantees for 2013. The projects, which all integrate science and technology themes and characters into their story lines, focus on subjects ranging from climate change and genetic engineering to physics, medicine and invention. This year's recipients will be awarded a total of $140,000 as well as year-round mentorship from science experts and members of the film industry in order to complete their projects.
The winning projects were selected by a jury composed of film and science luminaries including actors Clark Middleton (Kill Bill: Vol. II, Sin City), Ron Livingston (Office Space, Band of Brothers), Dean Winters (Oz, 30 Rock, Rescue Me), Helen Fisher, PhD, biological anthropologist and John Quackenbusch, Harvard professor of computational biology and bioinformatics.
2013 marks the 12th year of the partnership between TFI and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Sloan Foundation will also present a 20th anniversary retrospective screening and discussion of the internationally acclaimed AIDS film And the Band Played On (pictured above) during the Tribeca Film Festival. The film premiered at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the early ‘90s and examines the facts surrounding the deadly disease and debunks many of its myths. It won three Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie. Topping the incredible ensemble cast is Matthew Modine, who received Emmy and Golden Globe-nominations for his poignant portrayal of a doctor who heads an American research team.
The 2013 TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund grantees are:
In a near future Vietnam where seawater has buried a large part of the land and cultivation has to be done on floating farms, a strong-willed woman has to make a critical decision about her ex-lover, a geneticist who could be her husband’s murderer. Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo (Screenwriter, Director), Bao Nguyen (Producer)
• Newton’s Laws of Emotion
As a young Isaac Newton pursues the affections of a headstrong princess, he seeks to uncover the principles of love using his new system of mathematics. However, his equations start to break down when her former lover enters the scene. Eugene Ramos (Screenwriter), Andeep Singh (producer)
• Oldest Man Alive
A suicidal 88-year-old inventor finds a reason to live in the young Romanian woman who saves him from drowning. But when she moves into his Manhattan townhouse, it upsets his son and daughter-in-law, who have waited decades to inherit the multi-million dollar dwelling. Antonio Tibaldi (Screenwriter, Director), Ryan Brown (Screenwriter)
Salim, a disgraced young doctor from India, will do anything to get back into medicine. But when he takes a job at an illegal clinic in New York, he finds more danger than redemption. Musa Syeed (Screenwriter, Director), Nicholas Bruckman (Producer)