By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood June 20, 2011 at 4:53AM
As the Los Angeles Film Festival continues to unspool in downtown Los Angeles, Midnight Sun’s writer/director Chris Eigeman and producer Eric Morris have been awarded Film Independent's Sloan Award. This $15,000 production grant is given to films that feature new scripts about science and technology. Midnight Sun is set in 1943 and focuses on a group of young scientists in a New Mexico desert as they create the first atomic bomb .
Eigeman, best known for his quick-witted and cynical roles in Whit Stillman films, will serve as the writer and director in this feature. He previously wrote and directed 2007’s Turn the River, about a female pool shark who kidnaps her son. Film Independent also announced the 20 filmmakers and 9 film projects selected for its 9th annual Fast Track program, sponsored by Kodak.