New York, N.Y., March 21, 2006-Museum of the Moving Image announced today that Sloan Science Cinémathèque, a broadband film website created with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, will be enhanced and updated with new material. The innovative website, which the Museum launched in August 2005, uses streaming video, multimedia articles, and interactive features to increase the public understanding of science and film. By showcasing student films that received grants from the Sloan Film Program, Sloan Science Cinémathèque offers realistic and entertaining stories about science and technology that often challenge existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers.
Enhancements to the site will include:
New Films - Ten new award-winning science-themed student films including the delightful animated short Paprika, the moving dramatic film The Monster and The Peanut, the Sundance Film Festival selection Gray Matter, and other films made at leading American film schools.
Video Dialogue - A thirty-minute video with director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer about the depiction of science in Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind.
New Articles - Three new articles including an insider's look at the role of science on the TV series CSI; an article about Hollywood's classic science biopics; and a report from the recent Sloan Film Summit.
Sloan Award Directory - An interactive directory with detailed information about nearly 200 films and screenplays that have won support from the Sloan Foundation, since the inception of the Film Program in 1997.
"The website recognizes the growing influence of the Sloan Foundation," said Rochelle Slovin, director of the Museum of the Moving Image. "Under the leadership of program director Doron Weber, the Sloan Foundation has not only increased the public awareness of science and film, it has directly encouraged the production of many important films, and has shown that science can be an engaging and lively theme for established and emerging filmmakers."
"The Sloan Film Program supports the work of the most promising young filmmakers in the country who are pushing the frontiers of cinema and Sloan Science Cinémathèque offers the public a rare glimpse into the early work of our future Stanley Kubricks, Martin Scorceses and Darren Aronofskys," said Doron Weber, Program Director of The Sloan Film Program. "The Museum has created an elegant, state-of-the-art website that is a wonderful online forum for the Sloan Foundation's efforts to encourage the latest generation of film and television makers to use science to create dramatic and entertaining visual stories."
The Sloan Film Program supports the creation of realistic and entertaining stories about science and technology, many of which challenge existing stereotypes about scientists and engineers. The Foundation gives grants to students at six of the nation's leading film schools: American Film Institute; Carnegie Mellon University; Columbia University School of the Arts, New York University Tisch School of the Arts; UCLA School of Theater, Film, & Television; and the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television. The Sloan Foundation also gives awards to completed films and scripts in development at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Sundance Institute, and the Tribeca Film Institute.
Sloan Science Cinémathèque is made possible with generous support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Video hosting and delivery is provided by Mirror Image. Flash Media Server software is provided by Adobe.