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 20th anniversary, And the Band Played On (directed by Roger Spottiswoode) aired at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the early '90s, examining the facts surrounding the deadly disease and debunking many of its myths. The film 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. Get tickets
Following the movie, join us for the Tribeca Talks panel conversation, "After the Movie: Exploring the Science of AIDS and the Arts," featuring actor Matthew Modine, Philadelphia screenwriter Ron Nyswaner science writer and How to Survive a Plague filmmaker David France about the science of AIDS and the social politics surrounding the AIDS epidemic from the 1980s until now. The panel will explore how the AIDS crisis has activated a cross section of storytelling amongst scientists, artists and politicians. Moderated by filmmaker Tom Kalin.
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.