Schedule

Events in ORANGE are open to the public on a first come, first served basis, based on availability. Please expand each section and click on RSVP link to attend. Events in GREEN are open to Sloan Foundation Grantees only.

Nov
14
Fri
Attendee Check-In
Nov 14 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Courtyard Los Angeles L.A. LIVE – 2nd Floor Sloan Summit Check-In Desk
901 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Pick up Sloan Film Summit pass, Program Guide and welcome materials.

PUBLIC — PARTICLE FEVER screening followed by Q&A with director Mark Levinson and producer David Kaplan
Nov 14 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
PUBLIC — PARTICLE FEVER screening followed by Q&A with director Mark Levinson and producer David Kaplan @ Los Angeles | California | United States

Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE
1000 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015

 

 

 

Mark Levinson, DIRECTOR
Before embarking on his film career, Mark earned a doctoral degree in particle physics from the University of California at Berkeley. In the film world, he became a specialist in the post-production writing and recording of dialogue known as ADR. He has worked closely with such directors as Anthony Minghella, Francis Coppola, Tom Tykwer, Milos Forman and David Fincher.

David Kaplan, PRODUCER
David Kaplan is a professor of theoretical particle physics at Johns Hopkins University and studies supersymmetry, dark matter, and properties of the Higgs boson. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle, David held research positions at the University of Chicago and Stanford’s Linear Accelerator Center.

 

Event Parking for Public Attendees:
Lot 4 is recommended (located on the north side of Olympic Blvd. at Francisco Street). If Lot 4 is full, please use the West Garage (Lot W) Gates E and F only.

L.A. LIVE Parking Rates (with Regal validation)
$6 = First 4 hours
$10 = First 4 1/2 hours
$5 = Each additional 1/2 hour (or fraction thereof)
$25 maximum

Admittance to this event is first-come, first-served, with RSVP.

Welcome Dinner for all Summit Attendees
Nov 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Soleto Trattoria & Pizza Bar
801 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Please join us at the Soleto Trattoria & Pizza Bar for a welcome dinner with your fellow grantees as well as the representatives from the Sloan Foundation, Film Independent and the partner organizations. (Passes and materials not previously picked up will be available on site at the Welcome Dinner.)

(Walking distance 5 blocks. Sloan Shuttle running in loop from the front of the Courtyard Marriott to Soleto Trattoria between 5:15-6pm.)

 

PUBLIC — THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING screening followed by Q&A and Reception
Nov 14 @ 7:30 pm – Nov 15 @ 12:30 am
PUBLIC — THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING screening followed by Q&A and Reception

Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE
1000 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015

Q&A with the film’s stars Eddie Redmayne & Felicity Jones, producer Lisa Bruce and Professor of Physics David Kaplan, Moderated by Carolyn Giardina (The Hollywood Reporter).

Passholders should be in theater by 7:00pm to ensure seating.

 

 

Screening attendees are welcome to join us for a post-screening drink reception at Casa Nostra Ristorante & Bar.  Sloan Summit attendees are also welcome to attend by presenting their badge.

Casa Nostra Ristorante & Bar
825 W. 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90017

(Walking distance 3 blocks. Sloan Shuttle running in loop between Regal Cinemas, Casa Nostra & Courtyard Marriott from 10pm-12:45am.)

 

Event Parking for Public Attendees:
Lot 4 is recommended (located on the north side of Olympic Blvd. at Francisco Street). If Lot 4 is full, please use the West Garage (Lot W) Gates E and F only.

L.A. LIVE Parking Rates (WITH Regal validation)
$6 = First 4 hours
$10 = First 4 1/2 hours
$5 = Each additional 1/2 hour (or fraction thereof)
$25 maximum

Please Note: If you will be attending the Casa Nostra after-party, you may also park in the Casa Nostra parking lot which has 7 hours free parking with validation. The lot is located 3 blocks away at 865 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017.

Admittance to this event is first-come, first-served, with RSVP.

Nov
15
Sat
Continental Breakfast
Nov 15 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Courtyard Los Angeles L.A. LIVE — Ballroom
901 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

All passholders are invited to join us for breakfast at the Courtyard Marriott.

Summit Introduction by Film Independent and Sloan Foundation
Nov 15 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am

Conga Room at L.A. LIVE
800 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Welcome remarks by Josh Welsh (President, Film Independent) and Doron Weber (Vice President, Programs, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation).

Sloan Winner Introductions and Updates
Nov 15 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Conga Room at L.A. LIVE
800 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

The grantees in attendance will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and give brief descriptions and updates on their Sloan supported projects.

Science Meets Film: Case Studies of Two Sloan Films
Nov 15 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Conga Room at L.A. LIVE
800 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

The teams behind two successful Sloan supported films, Jenny Deller and Kristin Fairweather (Future Weather), and Musa Syeed and Nicholas Bruckman (Valley of Saints) will present an honest account of their journey, from the inception of the project through production and distribution, including their collaboration with science advisors.

Moderator:  Josh Welsh (President, Film Independent)

 

Jenny Deller, WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
Future Weather
Jenny Deller is a writer, director and producer whose mission is to make evocative films that challenge viewers and illuminate the human spirit. Named one of “10 Filmmakers to Watch” by The Independent, Jenny has participated in a number of competitive film programs including the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony; IFP’s Narrative Lab; and Film Independent’s Producers Lab.

Kristin Fairweather, PRODUCER
Future Weather
Kristin is a producer/writer/director. In 2014 she produced Ben Hickernell’s third feature, Hell of A View, currently in post-production. She is also Executive Producer on Heidi Saman’s Namour. Kristin wrote, directed and produced a short documentary on anti-racism activist, Jane Elliott, and is now developing her story into a narrative feature.

Musa Syeed, WRITER/DIRECTOR
Valley of Saints
Syeed won the Audience Award at Sundance in 2012 for his first feature Valley of Saints. His current works in development are supported by Tribeca Film Institute, San Francisco Film Society, and the Torino Film Lab.

Nicholas Bruckman, PRODUCER
Valley of Saints
Nicholas Bruckman founded People’s Television in 2010, combining his passion for independent filmmaking and telling stories for brands. He has produced commercials and web content for some of the world’s leading companies, agencies, and non-profits.

Networking Lunch
Nov 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Conga Room at L.A. LIVE
800 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Experts in a variety of scientific fields will be joining the Sloan Summit attendees for informal discourse, inspiration and lunch. Our distinguished scientists include Dr. Spiros Michalakis, Dr. Jessica Cail, Ralph Echemendia, Dr. Anne Rimoin, Dr. John Preskill, Dr. Maja Mataric, Preston Dyches, Dr. Frances Arnold, James Peaco and John Underkoffler.

Digital Distribution 101: Panel with Industry Experts
Nov 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Digital Distribution 101: Panel with Industry Experts @ Liverpool | United Kingdom

Conga Room at L.A. LIVE
800 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

What are challenges that filmmakers face in today’s digital distribution space, and how are new distribution platforms helping them reach their audience? Hear from Melanie Miller, Gravitas Ventures; Erick Opeka, Cinedigm; Alexandra Marvar, VHX; and Eric d’Arbeloff, Roadside Attractions; as they offer their insights on the state of digital distribution along with snapshots of their business models. Moderator: Ted Kroeber

Melanie Miller
VP, Acquisitions and Marketing
Gravitas Ventures

As Vice President of Acquisitions and Marketing at Gravitas Ventures, Melanie Miller has played an integral role in the growth of independent distribution. Gravitas Ventures is now one of the leading distributors in the marketplace for indie films.

Erick Opeka
EVP, Digital Networks
Cinedigm Entertainment

As Executive Vice President, Digital Networks for Cinedigm, Erick oversees the company’s over-the-top entertainment networks available online, on mobile devices, gaming consoles and connected TVs. He oversees all programming, development, planning, launch and operations of the company’s channel portfolio, including the documentary network Docurama and the forthcoming Comic Con-themed network ConTV, launching this winter.

Alexandra Marvar
Director of Marketing, VHX

Alexandra Marvar came to VHX after pivoting her editorial, tech, and marketing experience toward film marketing and promotion. Previously she wrote about culture and entertainment for VanityFair.com, Time Out New York, Cinespect, and other publications, and co-founded an arts non-profit, O+ Festival, which facilitates the barter of art and music for healthcare services.

Eric d’Arbeloff
Co-President, Roadside Attractions

Eric d’Arbeloff is the Co-President and Co-Founder of Roadside Attractions, which devises innovative distribution, marketing and publicity strategies for outstanding specialty films. In the past decade, Roadside has released over 100 films whose combine box office exceeds $200 million. Their films have garnered thirteen Oscar nominations and one win. Roadside is partially owned by Lionsgate.

Coffee Session for Partner Organizations
Nov 15 @ 3:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Conga Room at L.A. LIVE
800 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Representatives from the Sloan Foundation partner organizations are invited to enjoy coffee and dessert together in an informal setting, while touching base on the growth and successes of their various programs.

IndieLink & Portrait Session
Nov 15 @ 3:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Conga Room at L.A. LIVE
800 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

IndieLink is a unique opportunity to meet in small groups with agents, casting directors, distributors, film festivals, funding organizations, guilds, production companies, publicists and other industry professionals. These meetings might yield important insights into your projects, helpful suggestions for needed changes, or may be the start of an important business relationship. IndieLink meetings are 15 minutes in duration, and each Sloan attendee will meet with four industry professionals, to be assigned in advance. Official Sloan Film Summit portrait photos will be taken in between meetings.

Break for Dinner
Nov 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Please take advantage of a break in the schedule to enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants in downtown LA or L.A. LIVE campus.

List of restaurants at L.A. LIVE:  http://www.lalive.com/eat

Science & Entertainment Exchange: The Art of Science
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Science & Entertainment Exchange: The Art of Science

The GRAMMY Museum L.A. LIVE
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

The Science & Entertainment Exchange is a program of the National Academy of Sciences that connects entertainment industry professionals with top scientists and engineers to create a synergy between accurate science and engaging storylines in both film and TV programming, and has been supported by the Sloan Foundation since inception. To celebrate the Sloan Film Summit and the shared commitment to combining storytelling and the sciences, we have partnered with the Science & Entertainment Exchange to commission three original works, pairing Sloan supported artists with scientists working in their fields of interest. This unique stage event host scientists presenting inspirational theories, followed by the premiere of two short films by Jenny Deller (collaborating with Dr. Jessica Cail) and Casey Cooper Johnson (collaborating with Ralph Echemendia), as well as a live performance musical by Matt Schatz (collaborating with Dr. Spiros Michalkis), concluding with a Q&A to discuss the process of collaboration.

 

 

 

Host: Ira Flatow
Award winning science correspondent and TV journalist Ira Flatow is the host of Science Friday, heard weekly on PRI, Public Radio International, and online. He anchors the show each Friday, bringing radio and Internet listeners world wide a lively, informative discussion on science, technology, health, space and the environment.

Science & Entertainment Exchange: After Party
Nov 15 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The GRAMMY Museum L.A. LIVE — 4th Floor Lounge
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Signature cocktails, spirits and great food.

Nov
16
Sun
Continental Breakfast
Nov 16 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Courtyard Los Angeles L.A. LIVE — Ballroom
901 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

All passholders are invited to join us for breakfast at the Courtyard Marriott.

PUBLIC — Science and Storytelling Keynote & Staged Reading of Sloan-Winning Excerpts
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:45 pm
PUBLIC — Science and Storytelling Keynote & Staged Reading of Sloan-Winning Excerpts

The GRAMMY Museum L.A. LIVE
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Delving into the power of the written word, Sloan Film Summit Keynote Speaker Beau Willimon will discuss his writing career, including his own Sloan supported play script Kasimov, through his recent success with House of Cards. Following that presentation will be live scene readings of recent Sloan grantees’ works, performed by local talent and directed by the writers.

 

 

Science and the Art of Storytelling Keynote:  Beau Willimon
Playwright and screenwriter Beau Willimon is an Academy Award nominee for his work on The Ides of March (adapted from his play Farragut North), and the creator and showrunner of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning House of Cards, a Netflix original series starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. Through his company Westward Productions, he is currently producing two documentaries: one about Westerly Windina, a transgender Australian woman formerly known as legendary pro-surfer Peter Drouyn, and another about adventurer Karl Bushby and his quest to walk around the world on foot.

 

Staged Reading of Sloan-Winning Screenplay Excerpts:

Newton’s Law of Emotion by Eugene Ramos
2011, Screenwriting, Hamptons International Film Institute
2013, Sloan Filmmaker Fund, Tribeca Film Institute
2013, Sloan Filmmaker Prize, Tribeca Film Institute

Deep Sea Divers of 1929 by Savannah Reich
2014, Screenwriting, Carnegie Mellon University

The Buried Life by Joan Stein Schimke and Averie Storck
2013, Screenwriting, Hamptons International Film Festival
2014, Lab Fellowship, The Sundance Institute

Operator by Logan Kibens and Sharon Greene
2012, Lab Fellowship, Sundance Institute
2014, Sloan Fast Track, Film Independent

The Dust by Amanda Brennan
2014, Screenwriting, Columbia University

The Flight of the Wasp by Andrea Brusa
2014, Screenwriting, University of California, Los Angeles

 

 

Event Parking for Public Attendees:
L.A. LIVE Parking Rates (no validation)
$5= First 2 hours
$5= Each additional 1/2 hour (or fraction thereof)
$25 maximum
30 minute grace period

There are also many privately owned parking lots in the vicinity of the GRAMMY Museum. Many offer flat rate parking.

Admittance to this event is first-come, first-served, with RSVP.

Hosted Lunch
Nov 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Please join us for lunch between sessions at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse.

PUBLIC — Showcase: Sloan Supported Shorts with Q&A to follow
Nov 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
PUBLIC — Showcase: Sloan Supported Shorts with Q&A to follow

The GRAMMY Museum L.A. LIVE
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Join us for a screening of five short films supported by the Sloan Foundation, followed by a Q&A with filmmakers.

 

Afronauts
Frances Bodomo, Writer/Director
2013, Production, New York University
2014, Feature Film Development, New York University

App
Alexander Berman, Writer/Director
Edouard de Lachomette, Producer
Jeremy Lerman, Editor
Edward W. Salerno Jr., Cinematographer
2013, Production, American Film Institute

Three Light Bulbs
Min Ding, Writer/Director
2011, Production, Columbia University

Visible Proof
Gabil Sultanov, Writer/Director
2011, Production, University of Southern California

Wild Love
Eben Portnoy, Writer/Director/Producer
2012, Production, University of California, Los Angeles

 

Event Parking for Public Attendees:
L.A. LIVE Parking Rates (no validation)
$5= First 2 hours
$5= Each additional 1/2 hour (or fraction thereof)
$25 maximum
30 minute grace period

There are also many privately owned parking lots in the vicinity of the GRAMMY Museum. Many offer flat rate parking.

Admittance to this event is first-come, first-served, with RSVP.

Break for Dinner
Nov 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Please take advantage of a break in the schedule to enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants in downtown LA or L.A. LIVE campus.

List of restaurants at L.A. LIVE:  http://www.lalive.com/eat

PUBLIC — Showcase: Sloan Supported Features
Nov 16 @ 6:30 pm – Nov 17 @ 12:30 am
PUBLIC — Showcase: Sloan Supported Features

Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE
1000 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015

Join us for a preview screening of Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game (starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kiera Knightley), the recipient of this year’s Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the Hamptons Film Festival and previously supported by the Sloan Foundation as part of its partnership with the Tribeca Film Institute. Preceding the screening will be a sneak peek of upcoming Sloan supported films, Basmati Blues (starring Scott Bakula, Brie Larson and Donald Sutherland); The Man Who Knew Infinity (starring Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel); and Experimenter (starring Peter Sarsgaard, Taryn Manning, Winona Ryder and Kellan Lutz), featuring exclusive footage and a discussion with the films’ producers.

Passholders should be in theater by 6:00pm to ensure seating.

 

There will not be a Q&A after this screening.

Screening attendees are welcome to join us for a drink reception at Casa Nostra afterwards.

Casa Nostra Ristorante & Bar
824 W. 9th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(Walking distance 3 blocks. Sloan Shuttle running in loop between Regal Cinemas, Casa Nostra & Courtyard Marriott from 9:30pm-12:30am.)

 

Event Parking for Public Attendees:
Lot 4 is recommended (located on the north side of Olympic Blvd. at Francisco Street). If Lot 4 is full, please use the West Garage (Lot W) Gates E and F only.

L.A. LIVE Parking Rates (WITH Regal validation)
$6 = First 4 hours
$10 = First 4 1/2 hours
$5 = Each additional 1/2 hour (or fraction thereof)
$25 maximum

Please Note: If you will be attending the Casa Nostra after-party, you may also park in the Casa Nostra parking lot which has 7 hours free parking with validation. The lot is located 3 blocks away at 865 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017.