The North Fork TV Festival, annually celebrating independent television in Greenport, New York, has announced the second annual winner of the Science + Technology Script Competition. An award supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the 2020 winner is SUPERUSER DO by Zuff Idries. The Festival's artistic director Elias Plagianos will produce and direct the pilot episode, whcih will premiere at the Festival currently scheduled for October 16 and 17.
SUPERUSER DO is an anthology series that follows "diverse technologists throughout their personal and professional trials." Creator and writer Zuff Idries is a first-generation Sudanese immigrant who recently earned his B.A. in Film & Media Studies from Dartmouth College. He has worked as a projectionist at the Hopkins Center for the Arts and as a production apprentice at the Telluride Film Festival.
The script was chosen from submissions with strong science-related themes by judges from both the sciences and film industry: Dr. Jeffrey Friedman (Rockefeller University), Dr. Jessica Leighton (Bloomberg American Health Initiative), Dr. Heather Lynch (Stony Brook University), Dr. Jeffrey Reid (Regeneron Genetics Center), Dr. Sheetal Verma, Kimberly Barbour (Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program), showrunner David Greenwalt (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER), and producer Tom Russo (BLACK-ISH).
Last year's innaugural winner DISTEMBER stars Abigail Hawk (BLUE BLOODS) as pathologist and LGBTQ icon Louise Pierce. It went on to play at a number of festivals. DISTEMPER will soon be available to watch on Sloan Science & Film.