The Museum of the Moving Image is pleased to announce the launch of Science Cinémathèque ( www.movingimage.us/science ), a new Website dedicated to enhancing interest in science and technology through the art of the moving image. The Website is being funded by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of its ongoing program to foster public understanding of science and technology. An online press preview of the Science Cinémathèque site will be available beginning August 1, with the public launch scheduled for August 23, 2005.
Science Cinémathèque will feature streaming video of prize-winning student films that were made with support from the Sloan Foundation; an online video archive of the Sloan Science on Film Dialogues, a series of annual events hosted by the Museum; and a magazine-style section with media-driven articles that explore the relationship between science and film. The site’s clean, sophisticated look, by graphic designers 2x4, is a departure from most video-based Websites. Using Macromedia’s Flash video technology, video material can be viewed alongside additional text and pictures, or in expanded form, without the need of additional media player software. Hosting and delivery of all Flash video material is provided by Mirror Image, a leading Internet content delivery network.
With Science Cinémathèque, Moving Image and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation aim to create a new focus on one of the most intriguing trends in the contemporary cultural landscape: the convergence of science and art in our society. With advanced technology permeating every aspect of contemporary life, scientists, engineers, and mathematicians have become a new presence in our popular culture, with an unprecedented number of technically sophisticated, science-based films and television shows capturing the public imagination. From hit series like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation to ER, television provides an amazing array of scientific fact blended with human drama. Films including Ron Howard’s Academy Award-winning A Beautiful Mind, Bill Condon’s acclaimed Kinsey, and Shane Carruth’s 2004 Sundance Grand Prize winner Primer investigate and celebrate the wonders and mysteries of the scientific mind, elevating the scientist to a new kind of hero, no longer relegated to the sidelines of storytelling.
The Sloan Foundation has pioneered a nationwide program to stimulate leading artists in film, television, and theater to create more realistic and compelling work about science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians in the popular imagination. In addition to their support of the Museum, the Sloan Foundation presents annual prizes at the Hamptons, Sundance, and Tribeca Film Festivals, and develops screenplays in conjunction with the festival organizations. The Sloan Foundation also supports six of the nation’s leading film schools-the American Film Institute, Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, Columbia University Film Department, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, and the USC School of Cinema-Television-with annual awards in screenwriting and film production, and develops projects with Hollywood and independent film producers. The Foundation continues to fund science-themed short films, including the ones to be featured on the new site, and commissions dozens of new plays each year, in addition to supporting such acclaimed plays as Copenhagen, Proof, and QED.
Rochelle Slovin, the Museum’s director, notes, “Science Cinémathèque will be an informative, elegant website of interest to independent film enthusiasts and to students, teachers, and anyone interested in science. We are grateful to the Sloan Foundation for enabling us to embark on a project that presents and examines science and cinema.”
Doron Weber, program director of the Sloan Foundation, adds, “We are delighted to join with Moving Image in creating this showcase for the next generation of filmmakers whose prize-winning work explores science and technology themes and characters with originality and insight."
Science Cinémathèque is made possible with generous support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Video hosting and delivery is provided by Mirror Image. Flash Communication Server MX software is provided by Macromedia.
Museum of the Moving Image
Museum of the Moving Image is the only institution in the United States dedicated exclusively to the study of film, television, and digital media, and to examining their impact on American culture and society. A pioneer in its field, the Museum houses over 100,000 moving image artifacts. It presents over 1,000 of these objects in its dynamic core exhibition Behind the Screen; annually screens more than 400 films; hosts notable series of personal appearances, lectures, and seminars; and offers education programs that serve 20,000 students and 1,500 educators each year.
The Museum is located at 35 Avenue at 36 Street, Astoria, NY 11106.
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a New York based nonprofit philanthropy founded in 1934, makes grants in science, technology, and economic performance. Sloan’s program in public understanding of science and technology supports bestselling books like The Making of the Atomic Bomb and Galileo’s Daughter, PBS shows like the Emmy-winning The Pill and The Elegant Universe, and science and technology coverage on National Public Radio and Public Radio International. Sloan has pioneered a nationwide program to stimulate leading artists in film, television, and theater to create more realistic and compelling work about science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians in the popular imagination.
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The Museum of the Moving Image is grateful for the generous support of numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Museum receives vital funding from the City of New York through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Additional government support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Natural Heritage Trust (administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation). The Museum occupies a building owned by the City of New York and wishes to acknowledge the leadership and assistance of Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor, Helen Marshall, Queens Borough President, City Council member Eric Gioia, and the entire New York City Council under the leadership of Speaker Gifford Miller.