Non-profit org funds science pic screenings

Sloan Foundation to donate $150,000 to six arthouse venues

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is partnering with the Brookline, Mass.-based Coolidge Corner Theater to expand the theater’s Science on Screen series of film/science lecture pairings.

The Sloan Foundation will give $150,000 to be re-granted to six arthouse venues around the country, which will incorporate the series into their own programming.

Previous installments in the series have included “Night of the Living Dead,” paired with a lecture by Harvard med school psychiatrist Steven Schlozman and “The Day the Earth Stood Still” with roboticist Dennis Hong.

Doron Weber, veep of programs, said he saw the grant as “a natural outgrowth” of the Sloan Foundation’s mission to support scientific exploration in media. “Even if the movie isn’t accurate, you can have a very serious discussion as a springboard for talking about science in a larger way,” Weber said.

The Sloan Foundation is well known in theater circles for providing enhancement money to stage productions, notably David Auburn’s “Proof” and Michael Frayn’s “Copenhagen,” as well as Anna Zeigler’s “Photograph 51,” which has been optioned for a film version by Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures, with Zeigler writing the screenplay.