Sloan Student Prize Screenplay Reading
Saturday, Mar 18, 2023 at 12:30 pm
The Sloan Student Prizes are awarded annually in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to emerging filmmakers for science-themed narrative screenplays.The program provides mentorship and a $20,000 prize.
Select scenes from the two screenplays awarded the 2022 Sloan Student Prizes will be read by professional actors as part of this special program, produced and directed by Mêlisa Annis, and followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Winner of the Sloan Student Grand Jury Prize, Samantha Sewell’s Until Then We Keep Breathing is a six-part limited series chronicling the life of a boy diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis in 1963, from birth, to his first love, to the death of his parents, to several near-death experiences along the way. Winner of the Sloan Student Discovery Prize, Gerard Shaka’s Woodside is a feature film about a queer Bahamian boy who, despite struggling to cope with an abusive father and a complacent mother, discovers self-love through his experiences replanting mangroves with a marine conservationist.
Critic Alissa Wilkinson (VOX) will moderate the discussion following the readings.