The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has been a founding and signature sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival since 2002. Sloan’s partnership with Tribeca forms part of a national program to stimulate the creation of realistic and compelling stories about science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes about scientists, engineers and mathematicians in the popular imagination. In addition to showcasing the intersection of science and film at the festival, the Foundation supports the development, production and distribution of narrative features that dramatize science and technology stories through the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind brings together an all-star cast who shine in this comical and poignant look at breakups, breakdowns and breakthroughs and the role of memory in human relationships. Joel (Jim Carrey) is stunned to discover that his girlfriend, Clementine (Kate Winslet), has had their tumultuous relationship erased from her mind. Out of desperation, he contacts the inventor of the process, Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson), to get the same treatment. But as his memories of Clementine begin to fade, Joel suddenly realizes how much he still loves her. Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Wood co-star in the Academy Award winner for best original screenplay.
After the Movie: Stay for a conversation on the making-of and contemporary relevance of the film, including advances in our ability to manipulate the pathways of memory since the film debuted with producer Anthony Bregman, Daniela Schiller, Professor of Psychiatry & Neuroscience/Mount Sinai, and others, moderated by Science Friday® host Ira Flatow.
In addition to financial and year-round ancillary support, TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund grant recipients will receive exposure to industry executives, financiers and producers during the Tribeca Film Festival at the invitation-only Sloan Works-In-Progress showcase, a presentation of the grant-winning film projects. The projects in development will have scenes performed by an esteemed cast.