'Penny Stock' script scores $50,000 award for science-themed works
New York U. student Grainger David has picked up the annual $50,000 screenwriting prize from the Tribeca Film Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.Award honors scripts that touch on science and scientists. David, a student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, scored the kudo for “Penny Stock,” about a community college professor who uproots his life in order to prove a geological theory and unearth a major Canadian diamond deposit. Kudo encompasses $30,000 in cash as well as $20,000 to be used to support the brewing project, plus year-round mentorship from Tribeca’s industry pros as well as scientific advisors. “Penny Stock” was selected from a pool of scripts that had previously won Sloan awards at each of six colleges including UCLA, NYU, USC, Carnegie Mellon, AFI and Columbia. Jury included director John Badham, thesps Ally Sheedy and Rachael Leigh Cook and scientists Sergei Popov and Ricardo Gil da Costa. Award marks the second year of the TFI Sloan Student Grand Jury Prize, which last year also went to an NYU student scribe for Kitty Genovese-inspired tale “Bystander.” Laurel is announced as part of the run-up to the Tribeca Film Festival, which runs April 18-29.