You are Alfred P. of Cherian Dabis. Sloan Athena is invited to a virtual reading of the grant-winning script to develop the list. Iraqi American Pediatrician and Flint Water Crisis Whistleblower Dr. Mona Hanna-Otisha’s story, “What You Don’t See” is getting a reading May 24 at 7 p.m. EST. A Q&A will follow.
Athena Film Festival and Alfred P. Presented by the Sloan Foundation, the event is open to the public. Be sure to register in advance.
Alfred P. The Sloan Foundation Athena List Development Grant Award At 20,000 is the winner of an Athena List or the finalist for a screenplay centered on a woman in science. The Athena List is an annual selection of the best-produced scripts featuring female leaders at the Athena Film Fest.
Look for details of the event, “Key Eyes Don’t See” and a summary for Dabis’s bio below.
Summary: Thousands of Flint, Michigan residents blew the whistle on local and state government officials to spread toxic lead to Michigan residents. In the water.
Organic: Cherian Dabis is a famous film and television writer, director and actor. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Palestinian immigrant parents and grew up in the small Jordanian town of Ohio and Amman. Studying dance and theater in his youth, he went on to earn an MFA in film from Columbia University. Her trailblazing feature films “America” (2009) and “May in Summer” (2013), where she made her acting debut, both had their world premieres at the Sundance Film Festival. “America” has won the prestigious FPCCI International Critics Award in Cannes and a dozen other international awards. It was nominated for the Best Picture Gotham Award, along with Best Picture, three distinct Spirit Awards, and was nominated by the National Review Board as one of the top ten independent films of the year. Dabis is currently developing its third feature, “What Not to See”, as one of the winners of the 2020 Athena list and the recipient of the 2018 Sundance Sloan Commission grant.
Dabis has worked extensively as a writer and director on television. His credits include Showtime’s original groundbreaking series “The L Word,” “The Sinner,” “Empire,” and the Emmy-winning “Ozark.” He is also the co-executive producer and director of Hulu’s critically acclaimed Golden Globe-winning “Radhami” for two seasons. He has also been a television pilot in development.
Dabis has received dozens of grants and fellowships from Creative Capital, Guggenheim, USA Rockefeller, the Tribeca Film Institute, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the National Geographic and the New York State Council of the Arts. He is an alumnus of Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab, Film Independent Director’s Lab, and Tribeca All Access. He has been a consultant to the Sundance Institute’s Native Filmmakers Lab and Screenwriter Labs in both Turkey and Jordan, and has returned several times to teach in his alma mater ﬁ LM program at Columbia University.
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