Sundance Institute's Sloan Science-in-Film Initiative supports and celebrates films that explore issues of science and technology. The 2009 Commissioning Grant co-recipients are Bent-Jurgen Perlmutt for On The Left and Alex Rivera for La Vida Robot about a robot manufacturing competition. The Sloan Commissioning Fund provides a $25,000 stipend and resources for projects early in the development phase.
Perlmutt and Rivera will each receive a $12,500 stipend and receive ongoing creative and strategic support from the Sundance Institute Feature Film Programme.
The 2009 Sloan Lab Fellow is Avi Zev Weider for Zeroes And Ones about a woman who creates a machine that allows her to understand her grandmother's past. The Sloan Fellowship develops eligible projects at the Sundance Feature Film Labs towards production. Weider attended the 2009 January Screenwriting Lab in Sundance.
'The depth of this year's work, as it examines the intersection of science and culture is impressive, and we are honoured to work with the Alfred P Sloan Foundation to offer support to these uniquely talented film-makers,' Sundance Institute executive director Ken Brecher said. 'These awards are integral to Sundance Institute's Feature Film Programme, which provides year-round support for US and international film-makers.'