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Founded in 1934, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grant making institution based in New York City. Sloan's program in Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics supports various media to commission, develop, produce, and distribute new work mainstreaming science and technology to reach a wide, non-specialized audience. Watch award-winning Sloan short films here.

Son of Monarchs (Hijo de Monarcas)

Son of Monarchs (Hijo de Monarcas)

A Mexican biologist's return from New York to his hometown near butterfly forests of Michoacán sparks a personal metamorphosis.

Ammonite

Ammonite

Acclaimed paleontologist Mary Anning works alone selling common fossils to tourists to support her ailing mother, but a chance job offer changes her life when a visitor hires her to care for his wife.

In Silico

In Silico

Will the Blue Brain Project—a highly publicized billion-euro effort to create a complete digital simulation of the human brain—revolutionize neuroscience or fall victim to hype, criticism, and its own ambitions?

Radium Girls

Radium Girls

When mysterious ailments strike a dial painter at American Radium, a dark truth emerges: She is not the first in the watch factory to fall ill. Her sister's legal fight against the corporation in 1928 launched workplace safety reforms and closer study of the dangers of radioactivity.

Adventures of a Mathematician

Adventures of a Mathematician

Polish immigrant and mathematician Stan Ulam helps create the hydrogen bomb and the first computer.

Picture a Scientist

Picture a Scientist

Through their personal stories and thoroughly researched data, three scientists discuss the deeply entrenched problems of sexual harassment and gender inequality against women that are no less prevalent in science than they are in pop culture and corporate America.

Tesla

Tesla

Through Promethean struggles, Nikola Tesla attempts to transcend entrenched technology—including his own previous work—by pioneering a system of wireless energy that will change the world.

Coded Bias

Coded Bias

An exploration of the implications of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini's startling discovery that racial bias is written into the code of facial recognition algorithms.

The Aeronauts

The Aeronauts

Balloon pilot Amelia Wren and meteorologist James Glaisher find themselves in a fight for survival while pursuing scientific discoveries in a gas balloon in the 1860s.

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

A documentary exploring the life of neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks—an old-fashioned polymath and natural historian who redefined our understanding of brain and mind.

One Man Dies a Million Times

One Man Dies a Million Times

Two Russian botanists in a besieged city must protect the invaluable edible specimens of a seed bank from their starving fellow citizens, enemy forces, rats, and each other.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

A boy in Malawi helps save his village from famine by building a wind turbine after reading about them in a library book.

To Dust

To Dust

A mourning Hasidic widower enlists a reluctant biology professor in his obsessive quest to understand what exactly will happen to his young wife's body as it returns to dust.

The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

A successful "house tuner" in New York City, who calibrates the sound in people's homes in order to adjust their moods, meets a client with a problem he can't solve.

First Man

First Man

The riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the cost—on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues, the nation—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

Searching

Searching

In this thriller that unfolds entirely on computer screens, the desperate father of a missing 16-year-old girl breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her.

The Catcher Was a Spy

The Catcher Was a Spy

The true story of Moe Berg: Major League Baseball player, Ivy League graduate, attorney who spoke nine languages...and top-secret spy who helped the U.S. beat Germany in the race to build the atomic bomb.

The Bit Player

The Bit Player

A film about Claude Shannon, father of information theory: a playful genius whose name is largely unknown though his work revolutionized nearly every aspect of modern life.

The House of Tomorrow

The House of Tomorrow

A sheltered, socially-awkward teen living in a geodesic dome with his Buckminster Fuller-worshiping grandmother becomes friends with a green-haired heart transplant patient who introduces him to punk rock.

Sensitivity Training

Sensitivity Training

A misanthropic scientist is forced into sensitivity training at work and forms an unlikely friendship with the bubbly woman assigned to be her coach.

Basmati Blues

Basmati Blues

A scientist creates genetically modified rice and is sent India to sell it to rural farmers.

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

This documentary reveals the Hedy Lamarr hidden behind the famously beautiful Hollywood star's glamorous image: a technological trailblazer whose inventions form the basis of modern WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth systems.

Marjorie Prime

Marjorie Prime

In the near future, in a time of artificial intelligence, 86-year-old Marjorie has a handsome new companion who looks like her deceased husband and is programmed to feed the story of her life back to her.

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

A team of African American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions.