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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH
Astoria’s Museum of the Moving
Image (MoMI) was awarded a grant
last week to support and develop Sloan
Science & Film, an initiative that will
examine how science is presented in
film, as well as the science of film.
“Film is one of the most accessible
of all media, a powerful form of
storytelling, and with science contested
in new ways in today’s climate, we are
thrilled to continue this important
work,” said Sonia Epstein, Sloan
Science & Film’s executive editor.
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a
grant-giving nonprofit that supports
research and education related to
science, technology, engineering,
mathematics and economics, agreed to
give MoMI a three-year, $440,000 grant
for the initiative, according to a press
release from the museum.
The grant will allow Sloan Science
& Film to add more in-depth analytical
content online at scienceandfilm.org
and live events at the museum.
Currently, the website publishes
interviews with filmmakers and
scientists covering festivals and other
film-related events, along with a regular
series called “Peer Review.” The series
commissions research scientists
to write about scientific topics are
presented in mainstream cinema.
Past commissioned writers have
included Associate Professor of
Linguistics at McGill University Jessica
Coon and environmental scientist
Kim Knowlton. Coon helped actress
Amy Adams prepare for her role as an
alien-language translator in “Arrival”
and Knowlton has written about Paul
Schrader’s “First Reformed,” which
touches on the intersection of faith and
With the new funds, Sloan Science &
Film’s website will be able to catalogue
all film projects that have received
support from the Sloan Foundation’s
nationwide film program — more
than 600 to date — and build out a
freely accessible streaming library of
Sloan-supported short, science-based,
The grant will also allow for the
continuation of the Science of Screen
film series, which pairs rarely screened
films with conversations between
researchers and filmmakers.
22 TIMESLEDGER, JAN. 4-10, 2019 TIMESLEDGER.COM