Helmer Marc Abraham’s “Flash of Genius” has won the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award, which will be presented during the 2008 Hamptons Film Festival.
The honor, which includes a $25,000 prize, is given annually to a film that addresses science and technology issues.
“Flash of Genius,” starring Greg Kinnear and Alan Alda, is based on the true story of college professor and part-time inventor Robert Kearns’ long patent infringement battle with the U.S. auto industry over the creation of intermittent windshield wipers.
Pic, inspired by a New Yorker article by John Seabrook, was written by Philip Railsback and directed by Abraham.
Pic will have a Gotham premiere at MOMA on Oct. 2. Hamptons Fest runs Oct. 15-19.