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19th Annual HIFF And Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Announce Film Prize And Special Readings

Originally Posted: October 12, 2011

East Hampton - The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation are proud to announce the recipients of the $25,000 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, Annie Howell and Lisa Robinson for their film "Small, Beautifully Moving Parts." Now in its 12th year, the partnership between HIFF and the Sloan Foundation awards an annual cash prize to feature-length films that explore science and technology themes in fresh, innovative ways, and portray scientists and engineers in a realistic and compelling fashion. The October 14 screening of the film will be followed by a panel discussion that will focus on technology as a means of self-expression.

"We are delighted to partner with HIFF for the 12th year in showcasing the best feature films that depict science and technology themes and characters," said Doron Weber, Vice President, Programs at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. "We are especially pleased that this year's winning film, "Small, Beautifully Moving Parts," focuses on a woman's relationship to technology and was co-written and co-directed by two outstanding women filmmakers. These are underexplored subjects and original voices we need to hear more from," adds Weber.

In this charming comedy, a tech-savvy woman, Sarah Sparks, questions her life and her priorities after becoming pregnant. Her uncertainties about becoming a parent lead her to seek out her long-estranged mother who lives an unconventional life outside of society. This coming-of-motherhood road movie looks at what family means in a technology-obsessed and internet-addicted age.

At the post-screening panel on October 14, the directors and lead actor Anna Margaret Hollyman will join journalist and author Heather Chaplin ("Smartbomb"), and music/sound technologist and composer David B. Smith for a panel discussion called "Art, Love & Mechanics" that will touch on the film's representation of technology as a mediator for relationships as well as a creative outlet.

"After a 12 year partnership with The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, we are still incredibly impressed with their dedication to honoring innovative filmmaking at the Hamptons International Film Festival," says HIFF Executive Director Karen Arikian. "The film we have chosen to celebrate this year, "Small, Beautifully Moving Parts," will be receiving a cash award of $25,000 from the Sloan Foundation. This type of support for filmmakers is what sets the Sloan Foundation apart and continues to make it one of the most important foundations active in the arts today", adds Arikian.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation also proudly supports the Hamptons International Film Festival's prestigious Screenwriters Lab each year. This intensive program is an opportunity for the best and brightest emerging screenwriters to meet one-on-one each day with established screenwriting mentors who advise them on how to develop their scripts. Past mentors include Michael Cunningham, Jamie Vanderbilt, Anna Boden and Whit Stillman. Following the lab, two of these scripts are invited back, to be honored at the Hamptons International Film Festival with a much-coveted table reading of their screenplay.

This Year's Honored Scripts Are:

Screenplay Reading: Selections from the Alfred P. Sloan Screenwriter's Lab

 • = ("EQUALS") by Sheryl Glubok
When an uneducated prisoner in Alcatraz discovers he has an aptitude for mathematics, a straight-laced professor from Stanford University agrees to tutor him. With a love of mathematics as a common language, an unlikely friendship evolves and the prisoner is given one last shot at redemption.

 • "Newton's Laws Of Emotion" by Eugene Ramos
Isaac Newton and his friend, Edmund Halley, travel to London to present their invention before the Royal Society, England's brotherhood of scientists, in the hope of becoming members. Unbeknownst to Newton, Halley is a spy for the English crown. Halley is tasked with stealing an equation discovered by Newton that may be able to predict the future.

 • October 16, 2011 at 4 p.m. First Presbyterian Church Hall, East Hampton

Screenplay Reading Director: Jay Anania ("Shadows & Lies," "Her Name is Carla," "Day on Fire")

 • Producer and Casting: Amy Devra Gossels, C.S.A.

About The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
The New York based Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, founded in 1934, makes grants in science, technology, economics and the quality of American Life. Sloan's program in public understanding of science and technology, directed by Doron Weber, supports books, radio, film, television, theater and the Internet to reach a wide, non-specialized audience. Over the past 10 years, Sloan has partnered with six of the top film schools in the country - AFI, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, NYU, UCLA, and USC - and established annual awards in screenwriting and film production. In addition to Sloan Screenplay Development Programs, Sloan has supported such film projects as "Future Weather" a coming of age story about a young woman who finds personal meaning in science starring Lily Taylor and Amy Madigan, now in post-production, and "Valley of Saints," which initially received an NYU First Feature Production Award and is one of the first films shot in Kashmir, also in post-production. The Foundation sponsors screenwriting and film production workshops at Sundance, the Hamptons, Tribeca, and Film Independent, and has honored feature films such as "Another Earth," "Obselidia" and "Agora." Sloan also partners with Ensemble Studio Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club in support of new science plays such as "Photograph 51," the story of Rosalind Franklin and her role in the discovery of the double helical structure of DNA.

About HIFF
The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate the Independent film - long, short, fiction and documentary - and to introduce a unique, varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to the public. The Festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs will enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all.

HIFF greatly appreciates the support from their corporate sponsors including, Altour International, American Airlines, The Wall Street Journal, Baume & Mercier, Prudential Douglas Elliman, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Clarins, Jeep, Fiat and Silvercup Studios.

The Hamptons International Film Festival headquarters are located at the beautiful c/o The Maidstone Hotel on Main Street in East Hampton.

For more information about the 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival, and to become a member go to www.hamptonsfilmfest.org.

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