We're very proud of our longstanding relationship with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which has been supporting TFI since our earliest days 15 years ago. Each year, we have the pleasure of announcing a new batch of TFI/Sloan-supported projects that offer a fresh take on science, mathematics and technology.
This year's group of grantees will receive a total of $150,000 in grants, along with funding and professional guidance, to support their innovative and compelling projects. They were chosen by a distinguished jury of arts and science professionals including AATISH BHATIA, PhD (Associate Director at Princeton University’s Council on Science and Technology), producer DONNA GIGLIOTTI (Hidden Figures, Silver Linings Playbook, The Reader, Let Me In), ELLEN JORGENSEN, PhD (Co-Founder and Director of the nonprofit Genspace), actress and director PHYLICIA RASHAD (The Cosby Show, Empire, August Osage County) and actress MAGGIE SIFF (Billions, Sons of Anarchy, Mad Men).
Please join us in celebrating the 2017 TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund grantees! They are:
ADVENTURES OF A MATHEMATICIAN: Written and Directed by Thor Klein. Produced by Joanna Szymanska and Lena Vurma. The warmhearted true story of Polish immigrant and mathematician Stan Ulam, who moved to the U.S. in the 1930s. Stan deals with the difficult losses of family and friends all while helping to create both the hydrogen bomb and the first computer.
INVISIBLE ISLANDS: Written and Directed by Emily Lobsenz. From fermenting cider to decomposing bodies, this comedic neo-noir anthology series set in Butte, Montana takes a deep dive into the magical world of microbes. When her academic advisor disappears, Siobhan, a Trinidadian-born, Queens-bred overachiever, unites a motley crew of regulars at the Brewer's Notch to investigate his demise; in so doing they transform their decrepit cider house into a scientific, cultural and culinary mecca while accidentally unearthing an environmental conspiracy that stretches back decades.
ONE MAN DIES A MILLION TIMES: Written and Directed by Jessica Oreck. A true story, set in the future, about seeds and genetic diversity, about growth and decay, about love and war, about hunger of all kinds. About what it means to be human, even when all your humanity is stripped away.
More info on all that TFI and Sloan will be doing at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival can be found here.