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MoMI and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Celebrate Winners of 2022 Sloan Student Prizes

JANUARY 10, 2023

Five people stand in front of a step-and-repeat that features logos for Museum of the Moving Image and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Astoria, NY, January 5, 2023 — Shawn Snyder, Doron Weber, Samatha Sewell, Gerard Shaka, and Carl Goodman at the 2022 Sloan Student Prizes awards ceremony and reception at Museum of the Moving Image.

Last Thursday evening, January 5, Museum of the Moving Image and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation held an awards ceremony and reception to honor the 2022 Sloan Student Prize winners.

Our guests of honor were Sloan Student Grand Jury Prize recipient Samantha Sewell and Sloan Student Discovery Prize recipient Gerard Shaka. Other guests included Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Vice President and Program Director Doron Weber; MoMI Executive Director Carl Goodman; MoMI Curator of Science and Technology and Executive Editor of Sloan Science & Film Sonia Epstein; chemist, science entertainer, and professor Dr. Kate Biberdorf (aka “Kate the Chemist”); actor and playwright Naomi Lorrain; filmmaker Shawn Snyder; founder of Latin Reel Jesus Hernandez; and Maven Pictures Director of Development Jenny Halper.

The evening commenced with a cocktail hour followed by an awards presentation in the Museum’s Sumner M. Redstone Theater. During the program, Sonia Epstein and Doron Weber gave remarks, jurors Kate Biberdorf and Naomi Lorrain presented the awards, and prizewinners Samantha Sewell and Gerard Shaka accepted awards for their respective works Until Then We Keep Breathing and Woodside. The awards presentation then concluded with a conversation between both prizewinners and previous Sloan grantee Shawn Snyder (To Dust).

The Sloan Student Prize winners each receive a $20,000 prize, industry exposure, and year-round mentorship from both a science advisor and film industry professional. In keeping with MoMI’s programs to foster the work of emerging artists, the Museum will produce a work-in-progress reading of both winning projects as part of its First Look Festival in March 2023.

Read more about the winning projects at

Photos by Thanassi Karageorgiou.


Explore the intersection of science and film through interviews with scientists and filmmakers, feature articles about new releases, and news updates on all Sloan Award–winning projects; plus watch a selection of science-themed short films at Sloan Science & Film