Sundance: 'I Origins' Wins Alfred P. Sloan Prize

The film about a molecular biologist, which has been acquired by Fox Searchlight, received the award given to a film that spotlights science and technology.

Mike Cahill’s I Origins has been awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. The prize is given annually “to outstanding feature films focusing on science or technology as a theme, or depicting a scientist, engineer or mathematician as a major character.”

Fox Searchlight has acquired worldwide rights to the film about a molecular biologist and his lab partner who uncover evidence that could change society as we know it. The cast includes Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Steven Yeun and Archie Panjabi.

The jury presented the award to the film for its “intelligent and nuanced portrayal of molecular biologists as central characters, and for dramatizing the power of the scientific process to explore fundamental questions about the human condition.”

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The Alfred P. Sloan Lab Fellowship, presented through the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, was awarded to Joan Stein Schmike and Averie Storck, co-writers and co-directors of The Buried Life, about an archaeologist who risks her reputation when her father and sister follow her to an excavation on which she is working.