Tribeca seeks science-themed scripts

Completed pic would screen at 2004 fest

The Tribeca Film Institute has issued a call for scripts with scientific or technological themes, as part of its partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Scripts with a science theme, or with a scientist, engineer, or mathematician lead character will be considered for development. Science-fiction storylines are excluded. Ultimately, two scribes will be selected for funding and guidance from filmmakers and scientific experts who will aid the projects through development and production. At least one script will be read at next year’s Tribeca Film Fest and a completed film will screen at the 2004 festival.

Pact between Tribeca and Sloan was first struck in May 2002, when org sponsored the Science and Technology Film Series and two related panels at the inaugural film festival.

Probing for next ‘Mind’

“We believe the Sloan Foundation partnership will prove seminal in inspiring film professionals to create movies that not only focus on the important role that science and technology play in our lives, but also help to dispel outdated stereotypes about individuals practicing in these fields,” said Doron Weber, org’s program director. “What we’re doing here is looking for the next ‘A Beautiful Mind,’ ‘Memento’ or ‘Good Will Hunting.’

Gotham-based Sloan Foundation has embarked on a nationwide program to encourage industryites to develop more projects with a focus on science. Org has also partnered with the Hamptons International Film Fest and film schools such as AFI, NYU and UCLA in pursuit of its mission.

Scripts, along with a synopsis and scribe’s bio, can be submitted through Nov. 1 to the Tribeca Film Institute, 375 Greenwich St., New York, N.Y. 10013, attn: Tribeca/Sloan Program.

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