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Sffs Announces Michael Almereyda As Inaugural Recipient of Sloan Science in Cinema Filmmaker Fellowship

6 February 2017 9:56 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The San Francisco Film Society has announced today that Michael Almereyda is the inaugural recipient of their brand new Sloan Science in Cinema Filmmaker Fellowship. The fellowship will support the development of the screenplay for Almereyda’s upcoming narrative feature project about Nikola Tesla.

“I’m grateful for the ongoing support and encouragement of the San Francisco Film Society and the Sloan Foundation,” said Almereyda. “I’m looking forward to spending time in San Francisco, meeting with advisors in the area and having access to the city’s rich cultural resources.”

Currently known as “Tesla,” Almereyda’s next film will reportedly follow “the struggles and achievements of Nikola Tesla — one of the most brilliant and innovative scientific minds of his time — from his arrival in the Us in 1884 to his solitary death in a New York hotel room in 1943. The story chronicles Tesla’s earliest patents and prototypes, his manufacturing partnership with George Westinghouse, »

- Kate Erbland

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‘Marjorie Prime’ Wins Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

25 January 2017 2:21 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Yesterday at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Michael Almereyda’s new film “Marjorie Prime” won the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Feature Film Prize. The Prize is selected by a jury of film and science professionals and presented to outstanding feature films focusing on science or technology as a theme, or depicting a scientist, engineer or mathematician as a major character. The jury presented the award to “Marjorie Prime” for its “imaginative and nuanced depiction of the evolving relationship between humans and technology, and its moving dramatization of how intelligent machines can challenge our notions of identity, memory and mortality.” As a result, the film will receive a $20,000 cash award from the foundation.

Read More: ‘Marjorie Prime’ Exclusive Photo: First Look at Jon Hamm and Lois Smith in Michael Almereyda’s New Film

“We are thrilled to partner with Sundance for the 14th year in a row and award the 2017 Sloan »

- Vikram Murthi

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2017: #11. Benoit Jacquot’s Eva

9 January 2017 8:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »


Director: Benoit Jacquot

Writer: Benoit Jacquot, Gilles Taurand

Several months after premiering his Don DeLillo adaptation Never Ever out of competition in Venice last September, the prolific Benoit Jacquot returns to work with Isabelle Huppert (with whom he has collaborated five times prior, including The Wings of the Dove, The School of Flesh, False Servant, Keep it Quiet, and Villa Amalia) for a remake of Joseph Losey’s 1962 film Eva, which starred Jeanne Moreau (Jacquot recently remade Bunuel’s The Diary of a Chambermaid, which also starred Moreau).

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- Nicholas Bell

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