Every three years the Sloan Foundation brings together its community of winning filmmakers and partner organizations. Hosted by Film Independent, the 2017 Sloan Film Summit featured over 100 filmmakers who have received awards for integrating scientific or technological themes into their work.

Each filmmaker received the support of one or more of the following organizations: New York University, Columbia University, American Film Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles, Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, Film Independent, and the San Francisco Film Society.

Science & Film was in attendance, representing the Museum of the Moving Image. Here are some updates from the weekend about various film projects in development. Information on each of the films can be accessed by clicking on the title, and on the Sloan Science & Film projects page.

ADVENTURES OF A MATHEMATICIAN, directed by Thor Klein: producer Lena Vurma has been selected to attend the Film Independent Producer’s Lab, and the film recently secured additional financing


Pictured: Lena Vurma, Jessica Oreck, George Dyson

TV IN THE FISH TAIL: director Iesh Thapar is developing this short into a feature film

UNDER GLASS, directed by Noelia Diaz: planning to shoot in 2019

FAMILY BREW: Jennifer Miller has come on board as director

KNIGHTS IN NEWARK, directed by Nic Yulo: the short has been filmed and is in post-production

DARK FOREST, directed by Elena Greenlee: the feature film is financed and currently casting

BELL: writers Darcy Brislin and Dyana Winkler are at the FilmHouse residency in San Francisco finishing the screenplay

REMEMBRANCE, directed by Catalina Puerto: the short has finished shooting and will premiere on Sloan Science & Film

LI SHAN, directed by Wenqi Yu: planning to film in China in December of 2017

RADIUM GIRLS: the feature film, co-directed by Ginny Mohler and Lydia Dean Pilcher, is complete and currently applying to festivals


Pictured: Emily Lobsenz, Ginny Mohler, Lydia Pilcher

CRICK IN THE HOLLER, directed by Ursula Ellis: the short premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival and is continuing to play at festivals, including at the Lone Star Film Festival

UNTITLED SMALLPOX ERADICATION PROJECT: Oscar-nominated producer Howard Gertler (HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE) is attached, and the company Likely Story is producing


Pictured: Jamie Dawson, Howard Gertler

AFRONAUTS, directed by Frances Bodomo: the feature is currently casting in Zambia

PICKING COTTON: the film is in pre-production with a $6 million budget and is producer Jessica Sanders is currently casting the two leads, David Burke (ELLE) is attached as screenwriter

TO DUST, directed by Shawn Snyder: the feature stars Matthew Broderick and Géza Röhrig, and is a few weeks away from picture lock


Pictured: Vidhya Iyer, Shawn Snyder

THE RADIOACTIVE BOY SCOUT, directed by Eric Cohen: the feature is packaged and currently casting, it received support from the NYU Production Lab, and is planning to shoot in 2018

THE DUST: producer Sarah Dorman received a Film Independent Producer’s Grant

VARIABLES, directed by Sabina Vajraca: this short is planning to shoot in 2018

THE HOUSE OF WISDOM: feature screenplay has attached Jehane Noujaim (THE SQUARE) to direct

LUCY IN THE SKY, directed by Bertha Bay-Sa Pan: the writer Jennifer Rudin is currently making a short film version of what will be a TV series

PERCY SPENCER AND THE RADARANGE: the writer, Jess Honovich, has connected with the grandson of Percy Spencer

THE BURNING SEASON: Claire McCarthy (OPHELIA) is directing and the film is planning to shoot in New York City in 2018

RADIANT, directed by Annika Glac: the feature is currently casting and planning to shoot in 2018

Stay tuned to Science & Film for more as these projects develop.