Tribeca Film Fest marquee

The Tribeca Film Institute today announced the four projects that will receive financial and creative support from the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund. A total of $140,000 in funds will be awarded and recognized at this year's Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28).

The winning films are: Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo's "2030," Eugene Ramos' "Newton's Laws of Emotion," Antonio Tibaldi's "Oldest Man Alive" and Musa Syeed's "The Doctor." The projects all integrate science and technology-oriented themes and characters into their storylines.

Jury members included actors Clark Middleton ("Kill Bill: Vol. II," "Sin City"), Ron Livingston ("Office Space," "Band of Brothers"), Dean Winters (“Oz,” “30 Rock,” “Rescue Me”), Helen Fisher, PhD, biological anthropologist; and John Quackenbusch, Harvard professor of computational biology and bioinformatics.

Here are the official synopses for the winning projects:


In a near future Vietnam where seawater has buried a large part of the land and cultivation has to be done on floating farms, a strong-willed woman has to make a critical decision about her ex-lover, a geneticist who could be her husband’s murderer.  Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo (Screenwriter, Director), Bao Nguyen (Producer)

Newton’s Laws of Emotion

As a young Isaac Newton pursues the affections of a headstrong princess, he seeks to uncover the principles of love using his new system of mathematics. However, his equations start to break down when her former lover enters the scene.  Eugene Ramos (Screenwriter), Andeep Singh (producer)

Oldest Man Alive

A suicidal 88-year-old inventor finds a reason to live in the young Romanian woman who saves him from drowning. But when she moves into his Manhattan townhouse, it upsets his son and daughter-in-law, who have waited decades to inherit the multi-million dollar dwelling.  Antonio Tibaldi (Screenwriter, Director), Ryan Brown (Screenwriter)

The Doctor

Salim, a disgraced young doctor from India, will do anything to get back into medicine. But when he takes a job at an illegal clinic in New York, he finds more danger than redemption.  Musa Syeed (Screenwriter, Director), Nicholas Bruckman (Producer)