Three new feature film projects have been awarded screenwriting grants–ranging from $5,000 to $25,000–by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s partnership with Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. These grants will fund further development of each screenplay, news of which will be reported on Sloan Science & Film, so check back with us for updates. The 2022 winners are:
STELLAR COLLISION. $25,000 Grant. Written by Kandace James.
Logline: A grieving ‘astrophobe’ looking for love is plagued by the loss of her father. Can she overcome her deepest fear and embrace the constellations that have been igniting her path all along?
DRIFT. $15,000 Grant. Written by Trà Nguyen.
Logline: Despite the indifference of scientific circles in the 1950s, a female cartographer maps the world’s ocean floor, answering an unimaginable question about the Earth's surface.
SAVING LITTLE HOPE. $5,000 Grant. Written by Beth Ann Powers.
Logline: A planet in the heat of crisis, an island on the brink of destruction, and an intrepid young scientist with the funding to become the greatest hero Little Hope has ever known. This mockumentary follows environmental seismologist, May Wu, on her race against the rising tide to save a sinking town of science haters using the powers of seismology, spies, and shoo-fly pies.