Tribeca institute takes scientific approach

Awards $110,000 to film projects involving science

NEW YORK -- Tribeca Film Institute is giving the daughter of Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford and others a handout, all in the name of science.

Amy Redford's Hedy Lamarr biopic, "Face Value," and the homemade-nuke tale "The Radioactive Boy Scout" from director Greg Harrison ("Groove") and producer William Horberg took home $40,000 each toward their development from the inaugural TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund.

Three biopics also received $10,000 awards supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for work that projects science into cinema. Profiles of Thomas Edison ("Alva" from screenwriters Alex Lyras and Michael Dorian), Marie Curie ("A Noble Affair," from producer Anil Baral and screenwriter Kathryn Maughan) and the Wright Bros. (Tim Kirkman's "Kitty Hawk," with producers including Gill Holland) will each be supported.

Selection committee members included Darren Aronofsky, Steven Shainberg, Caroline Baron, Ann Druyan ("Contact"), Columbia University's Darcy B. Kelley and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center CEO Harold Varmus.

Submissions for the 2009 TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund open Nov. 12 and will be accepted through Jan. 9. More information is available at