Sloan Foundation Programs

The Hamptons International Film Festival was the first film festival to partner with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to give an annual cash prize to a film that features a realistic and compelling portrayal of science and technology. The Hamptons/Sloan Feature Film Prize comes from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s program in public understanding of science and forms part of a broader effort to stimulate leading artists in film, television, and theater creating more credible works about science and technology. The 2013 winner received a $25,000 cash prize.

2013 Sloan Prize Winner:
Decoding Annie Parker, by Steven Bernstein

“For its searing dramatization of one woman’s personal heroism and another woman’s scientific dedication that led to the groundbreaking 1990 discovery of the bRcA1 gene responsible for many breast and ovarian cancers, and for several exceptional performances, the 2013 Alfred P Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival goes toSteven Bernstein’s powerful feature film, Decoding Annie Parker.”
Doron Weber, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

In 2013, a panel followed the screening on October 11 about the history, themes, and issues in Decoding Annie Parker. Panelists included Annie Parker, the film’s subject; director Steven BernsteinSusan Solomon, Executive Director of New York Stem Cell Foundation; Barron LernerNew York Times blogger and author of Breast Cancer Wars; and Dr. Robert Benezra  a Member of Cancer Biology and Genetics Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for a post-screening panel discussion about the history, themes, and issues in Decoding Annie Parker.

Bradley Whitford and Samantha Morton in 'Decoding Annie Parker'

Bradley Whitford and Samantha Morton in ‘Decoding Annie Parker’


2013: Decoding Annie Parker, by Steven Bernstein
2012: Future Weather, by Jenny Deller
2011: Small, Beautifully Moving Parts by Annie Howell and Lisa Robinson
2010: Beneath Hill 60 by Jeremy Sim
2009: Agora, directed by Alejandro Amenábar
2008: Flash of Genius, directed by Marc Abraham
2007: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, directed by Julian Schnabel
2006: The Fountain, directed by Darren Aronofsky
2005: Kardia, directed by Su Rynard
2004: Madness and Genius, directed by Ryan Eslinger
2003: Kinsey, directed by Bill Condon
2002: Teknolust, directed by Lynn Hershman
2001: Enigma, directed by Michael Apted
2000: Songcatcher, directed by Maggie Greenwald


At the annual HIFF Screenwriters’ Lab in April 2013, several participating scripts selected explore science and technology in fresh and innovative ways. These screenplays were then read at the annual Sloan Screenplay Readings during the Festival. Guest actors attended the Festival to participate in the reading, and notable filmmakers directed.

This year, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Screenwriters’ Lab chose two science- and technology-themed screenplays to honor, presenting table readings of selections from these scripts. Staged reading directors: Academy Award® winner Terry George; Averie Storck and Joan Stein Schimke. Casting director and producer: Asli Coker.


Directed by Terry George

Francis Turnbull is a 15-year-old the size of an 8-year-old and his doctors can’t explain why. He learns of a new experimental drug that could make him grow more than a foot. All he has to do is gather 365 fresh human pituitary glands.

THE BURIED LIFE by Averie Storck & Joan Stein Schimke
Directed by Averie Storck & Joan Stein Schimke

A kleptomaniac archaeologist is brilliant at digging up the past and running from her own, until her need to succeed lands her deep in the buried secrets of her own family history.

Screen Shot 2013-10-13 at 2.44.42 PMLois Robbins
Lois Robbins is accomplished in both film, television and the theater, previous tv includes One Life to Live and All my Children, whilst her film experience includes such films as Town an Country, and the upcoming Blowtorch.

Georgia WarnerGeorgia Warner
Georgia Warner has performed on stage in regional productions of Equus and The Crucible, and various shorts and features including Inside Out.

Christian SchneiderChristian Scheider
Recently, Scheider performed in Fred Schepisi’s Words and Pictureswhich premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and his theatre roles have ranged from The Murderer to Passion Play. 

Screen Shot 2013-10-13 at 2.42.22 PMCassandra Freeman
Cassandra Freeman has appeared frequently across television and film, and also on stage.  Select film roles include the festival-award winning Kinyarwanda, Inside Man, and Blue Caprice.

Screen Shot 2013-10-13 at 2.42.55 PMDana Ashbrook
Dana has vast experience in tv roles on The Kill Point, Crash,  Dawson’s Creek and Twin Peaks.  He has also been in movies such as Comfortably Numb and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.

Joe PintauroJoe Pintauro
Joe Pintauro is best known for his plays, poetry and fiction but is also a photographer.  Works include Raft of the Medusa, The Dead Boy, and Raft.

imageAlysia Reiner
Alysia Reiner is an award-winning stage, screen & television actress.   Recently appearing in the series Orange is the New Black, she also performed in the SAG Award-winning ensemble of Sideways.

Screen Shot 2013-10-13 at 2.43.52 PMJoe Pallister
Joe Pallister has appeared extensively on local stages, and also in television and film – including roles on Guiding Light and Saturday Night Live.

Caleb JamesCaleb James
Caleb James was recently in James Franco’s Interior Leather Bar. He was in the film Disconnect and has acted in numerous stage plays.