The Tribeca Film Institute has announced the first recipients of its Sloan Filmmaker Fund, along with a call for 2009 entries. The grants for this year’s recipients total $110,000 and will go to five films:
- Amy Redford’s “Face Value,” about Hedy Lamarr’s career as an inventor ($40,000);
- Greg Harrison’s “The Radioactive Boy Scout,” the true story of a Michigan scout whose Eagle project landed him in hot water with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Bill Horberg, of “The Kite Runner” fame, produces. ($40,000);
- “Kitty Hawk,” about the travails of the Wright brothers, helmed by “Jesse” director Tim Kirkman ($10,000);
- the Marie Curie historical feature “A Noble Affair,” with a screenplay by Kathryn Maughan and no helmer yet;
- and “Alva,” an as-yet-directorless Thomas Edison biopic ($10,000).
The Sloan Foundation supports science-themed art around New York and the world, including “Dr. Atomic” (playing at the Met) and plays at the Ensemble Studio Theater and Manhattan Theater Club.