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The Museum of the Moving Image’s Sloan Science & Film initiative is comprised of a website ( that is an active publication for highly differentiated content focused on the intersection of science and cinema; that hosts a comprehensive archive of film projects supported through the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's nationwide film and television programs; serves as a platform for streaming short science-themed films; and is an educational resource that produces guides to science-themed films for teachers and programmers. At the Museum, Sloan Science & Film's executive editor Sonia Epstein curates the ongoing film series Science on Screen, which presents rarely screened films followed by conversations between filmmakers and scientists.

Educational Materials:
Teacher's Guide To Short Science-Related Films For The Classroom
Companion Guide To Science-Related Feature Films

Science on Screen:
Series Page (click here)

Past Programs:
Craving the Y Chromosome: Teknolust,” with director Lynn Hershman Leeson and Columbia University Chair of Biological Sciences Stuart Firestein. Discussion topics: gene editing, reproduction in plants and animals. 29 January 2017.
Love Lives of Sea Creatures: Films by Jean Painlevé, Isabella Rossellini, and Roberto Rossellini,” with director Isabella Rossellini and marine chemical biologist Mandë Holford. Discussion topics: reproductive behavior, marine conservation, science communication. 26 March 2017.
"Somnambulism, When Dreams Come True: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," with sleep disorder specialist Carl Bazil, and live musical accompaniement by High Water. Discussion topics: sleep disorders. 21 May 2017.
"InVisible: Films by Barbara Hammer, Oxford University, and James Sibley Watson," with director Barbara Hammer and surgical oncologist Elisa Port, and live musical accompaniement by High Water. Discussion topics: diagnostic technologies, x-rays, breast cancer treatment. 19 November 2017.
Remote Work: Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer,” with director Alex Rivera and Cornell Tech robotics researcher Wendy Ju. Discussion topics: artificial intelligence, robotic engineering. 3 December 2017.
"Downsizing," with screenwriter Jim Taylor, bioethicist S. Matthew Liao, and neuroscientist Heather Berlin. Discussion topics: genetic engineering and climate change. 20 December 2017.
Of the Deep: Films by the Department of Tropical Research,” with oceanographic explorer Fabien Cousteau, Director of the New York Aquarium Jon Dohlin, and Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Ocean Giants Program Howard Rosenbaum. Discussion topics: deep-sea exploration and engineering, marine science, science communication. 25 February 2018.
John Frankenheimer's Seconds: Starting Over in America," with economist Darrick Hamilton and film critic Michael Atkinson. Discussion topic: the intersection of inequality and economic outcomes. 29 April 2018.
Searching: What Happens When We Disappear Into Our Screens?” presented in collaboration with the World Science Festival. With filmmakers Aneesh Chaganty and Sev Ohanian, neuroscientist Heather Berlin, and NYU Psychology Professor Adam Alter. Discussion topics: affects of Internet devices on society. 31 May 2018.
"Human/Nature: Agnieszka Holland's Spoor," with environmental scientist Eyal Frank and critic Amy Taubin. Discussion topcis: biodiversity, poaching, ecosystem management. 10 June 2018.
"Space Odyssey: Making a Masterpiece," with stars Keir Dullea and Daniel Richter (2001: A Space Odyssey), author Michael Benson, and neuroscientist Heather Berlin. Discussion topics: artificial intelligence. 13 October 2018.
"Rhinoceros: The Decline of Civilization," with political scientist Ester Fuchs and playwright Theresa Rebeck. Discussion topics: political science. 4 November 2018.
"To Dust: Death and the Necrobiome," with producers Emily Mortimer and Alessandro Nivola, director Shawn Snyder, actor Géza Röhrig, and microbiologist Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello. Discussion topics: life after death from a microbial perspective, the necrobiome. 3 February 2019.

To Dust  - Shawn Snyder ,  Jason Begue  

Searching  - Aneesh Chaganty ,  Sev Ohanian  

Sleep Dealer  - Alex Rivera  

Teknolust  - Lynn Hershman Leeson