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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.

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 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.

The Man Who Knew Infinity

The Man Who Knew Infinity

A true story based on the life of math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan and Professor G.H. Hardy, who recognized Ramanujan’s brilliance despite the latter’s lack of formal training and education.

Operator

Operator

When a programmer is hired to create the ideal personality for an automated call center, his attempts to quantify what it means to be human throws his life into chaos.

Embrace of the Serpent

Embrace of the Serpent

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

Experimenter

Experimenter

In 1961, famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans willingness to obey authority.

The Martian

The Martian

When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney, presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must use his wits, spirit, and scientific know-how to find a way to survive on the hostile planet.

The Stanford Prison Experiment

The Stanford Prison Experiment

In 1971, Stanford Professor Philip Zimbardo conducts a controversial psychology experiment in which college students pretend to be either prisoners or guards, but the proceedings soon get out of hand.

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

2030

2030

In a near future Vietnam where global warming and rising seawater levels have forced cultivation to be done on floating farms, a strong-willed woman has to make a critical decision about her ex-lover, a suspect of her husband's murder.

I Origins

I Origins

A molecular biologist and his laboratory partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.

Decoding Annie Parker

Decoding Annie Parker

Love, science, sex, infidelity, disease, and comedy: the wild, mostly true story of the irrepressible Annie Parker and the almost discovery of a cure for cancer.

Druid Peak

Druid Peak

A troubled teen is sent to live with his estranged father, a park ranger at Yellowstone National Park. During his time there, he develops an unusual affinity with and passion for the wolves in a local pack.

Computer Chess

Computer Chess

A 1980s-set story centered around a man-versus-machine chess tournament.

Particle Fever

Particle Fever

As the Large Hadron Collider is about to be launched for the first time, physicists are on the cusp of the greatest scientific discovery of all time—or perhaps their greatest failure.