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.
Robot & Frank
In the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.
When her single mom runs off to California, Laudurée, a passionate environmentalist, clings to her rural home and a carbon sequestration experiment.
Valley of Saints
War and poverty force two men to flee Kashmir. But a military crackdown derails their escape. Waiting for conditions to change, they discover a mysterious woman, braving the curfew to research the dying lake.
On the night of the discovery of a duplicate Earth in the Solar System, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.
Small, Beautifully Moving Parts
While traveling to California to attend her baby shower, a pregnant woman takes a side trip to find her long-estranged mother.
Cartographer Will Shepard hits the road for his latest job: to create a new, more accurate satellite survey of Armenia. During his assignment, he forms a bond with an Armenian expatriate and art photographer.
An independent commercial fisherman must fight to save his boat, his livelihood, and his way of life.
A bio-geneticist has created a type of Self Replicating Automaton, which looks like a human being, but is in fact part machine and part living organism.
Beneath Hill 60
In 1916, the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company is tunneling beneath German fortifications and bunkers to detonate massive explosive charges.
In Roman Egypt toward the end of the fourth century AD, a slave turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hope of finding freedom while also falling in love with his master, the great female astronomer, mathematician, and philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria.
George, a lonely librarian, believes love is obsolete, until a road trip to Death Valley with a cinema projectionist named Sophie teaches him otherwise.
Adam, a lonely man with Asperger syndrome, develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor Beth.
The near future. Like tomorrow. In a world marked by closed borders, corporate warriors, and a global computer network, three strangers risk their lives to connect, break through the barriers of technology, and unseal their fates.
Flash of Genius
Robert Kearns takes on the Detroit automakers who he claims stole his idea for the intermittent windshield wiper.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed.
Based on actual events, a Chinese university student responds violently when his chances for a Nobel Prize are dashed by school politics.
As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi.
As a child, Hope underwent an experimental heart operation that would forever link her with the man who aided the risky procedure by offering to act as a human extracorporeal circulatory system.
House of Sand
In 1910, a woman is taken along with her mother to a far-away desert by her husband, and after his passing, is forced to spend the next 59 years of her life hopelessly trying to escape it.
A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska.
Four friends and fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention.
A look at the life of Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research, whose 1948 publication "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" was one of the first recorded works that saw science address sexual behavior.
Madness and Genius
Despite his near-photographic memory, Jordan is failing college, so he decides to steal the ideas of his professor, a brilliant thinker turned recluse with a dark past.
A San Franciscan computer programmer falls in love with one of his creations in the days after the dot-com boom.