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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.

Love Me

Love Me

Long after humanity’s extinction, a buoy and a satellite meet online and fall in love.

BlackBerry

BlackBerry

The story of the meteoric rise and catastrophic demise of the world's first smartphone.

    Vishniac

    Vishniac

    Difficult and flamboyant, Roman Vishniac captured iconic images of Jewish life, from the cafes of pre-war Berlin to the shtetls of Eastern Europe. But it would be up to his daughter to preserve his legacy.

      The Pod Generation

      The Pod Generation

      A New York couple's wild ride to parenthood involves a new tool developed by a tech giant, Pegazus.

        Theater of Thought

        Theater of Thought

        Werner Herzog shows off his fascination with the human brain in his latest documentary.

        How to Survive a Pandemic

        How to Survive a Pandemic

        Chronicles the global race to research, develop, manufacture and distribute COVID-19 vaccines in the most enormous coordinated public health effort ever undertaken.

          Linoleum

          Linoleum

          When the host of a failing children's science show tries to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming an astronaut, a series of bizarre events occur that cause him to question his own reality.

            After Yang

            After Yang

            In a near future, a family reckons with questions of love, connection, and loss after their A.I. helper unexpectedly breaks down.

              Don't Look Up

              Don't Look Up

              Two low-level astronomers must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth.

                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.

                Father of the Cyborgs

                Father of the Cyborgs

                A neurologist known as "the father of cyborgs" confronts the ethical quandaries of self-experimentation and a future where human brains and technology combine.

                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.