In addition to Particle Fever and I Origins, which have been discussed here previously, at least seven additional films that have received Sloan support will be released into theaters or will have their premieres in 2014. Decoding Annie Parker, the Sloan Feature Film Prize winner from the 2013 Hamptons International Film Festival about Mary-Claire King’s discovery of the BRCA1 gene responsible for many breast and ovarian cancers, will be released into theatres and VOD by Entertainment One Films in summer 2014. Two films supported through Sloan’s film development pipeline–A Birder’s Guide to Everything, directed by Rob Meyer and featuring Sir Ben Kingsley, and Musa Syeed’s film Valley of Saints, an environmental film shot in Kashmir–have had successful runs at festivals and had their theatrical debuts in spring 2014. 2030, about the impacts of climate change in near-future Vietnam, which received a Sloan development grant from Tribeca Film Institute, is directed by Nguyen-Vo Nghiem-Minh of Buffalo Boy–an Oscar contender in 2006–and premiered at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival and has plans for a release in Vietnam in 2014. Basmati Blues, a Bollywood-style musical about genetically modified rice starring Brie Larson and Donald Sutherland, was also developed through Sloan’s film pipeline and is currently in post-production for release in 2014.
The first of three films supported by the Foundation about James Cameron’s historic Deep Sea Challenge dive to the Mariana Trench is complete and will hit theaters in 2014. In addition, the Sloan supported documentary about the making of the avant-garde opera Einstein on the Beach from director John Walter aims to premiere at festivals in 2014. This bumper crop year is a testament to the efficacy of Sloan’s film development pipeline at getting science films into production and onto screens and for the range of projects the Foundation has been supporting.