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Are You Ready for Your Close-Up?

Film Independent,
an organization in Los Angeles that supports independent film and
filmmakers, trains budding filmmakers in its Producer’s Lab–an
intensive 7-week course that includes one-on-one tutorials with
established producers and directors. Past graduates have been invited
to screen their
Producer’s Lab projects at the Los Angeles and Sundance film festivals,
while other films from the Producer’s Lab have been released in
theaters and received Oscar nominations.

What does all this
have to do with science? Film Independent recently received a 2-year
grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for science communicators to
develop films with scientific and technical themes and see them through
commercial production and distribution. This week, the organization
announced its first competition for a slot in this program, which is known as the Sloan Producer’s Lab.

The
winner will receive not only admission into the Producer’s Lab, but
also a $25,000 development grant to help fund the film project.
Applicants must submit a screenplay as part of the application and be
willing to serve as the film’s producer. Scripts must have a scientific
or technical theme and feature a scientist, engineer, or mathematician
as a leading character. The deadline is 28 August.

More details of the new program and the application are available on the Film Independent Web site.