Film Independent has awarded Nicholas Bruckman its fouth annual Sloan Producers Grant, a $25,000 prize.
Bruckman will receive the post-production grant at Film Independent’s Fellows Party at the Sundance Film Festival for his feature film “Valley of Saints.” The money comes from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which focuses on getting films about science and technology into production and distribution, and will be used to secure distribution for “Valley of Saints.”
The movie follows a Kashmiri boatman who plans to flee his war-torn homeland, until his romance with a female scientist makes him consider staying. It is written and directed by Musa Syeed and produced by Bruckman.
Film Independent is the non-profit behind the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Past recipients of the award include Jenny Deller and Kristin Fairweather for “Future Weather,” which is currently in post-production, Jim Young for “The Man Who Knew Infinity” and Monique Caulfield for “Basmati Blues.”
Bruckman’s past work has been supported by foundations such as Cinereach and the Fledgling Fund. His production company, People’s Teleivison, produces commercials worldwide.