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SFFILM Presents

Sloan Science in Cinema Prize: Oppenheimer

Directed by Christopher Nolan

USA | 181

12 Dec
Tue, Dec 12, 2023 at 6:30 pm PT

Guests Expected

Join us for a 35mm presentation of Oppenheimer with Production Designer Ruth De Jong, Editor Jennifer Lame, Supervising Sound Editor Richard King, UC Berkeley Physics Professor Benjamin Safdi, and other special guests.


Sloan Science on Screen Initiative

Oppenheimer is the SFFILM recipient of the Sloan Science in Cinema Award, a recognition that celebrates the compelling depiction of science in a narrative feature film. Presented through a partnership between SFFILM and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, this annual award carries a $20,000 cash prize and highlights special achievement in rendering the worlds of science and technology through the language of film. On behalf of Christopher Nolan and in the spirit of developing the spark between filmmakers and scientists, Universal Pictures will donate the prize money back to SFFILM to support the organization’s exhibition programs, awards, and screenwriting fellowships that elevate filmmakers who tackle scientific or technological themes and characters.

Film Description

Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer is an IMAX®-shot epic thriller that thrusts audiences into the pulse-pounding paradox of the enigmatic man who must risk destroying the world in order to save it. The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin.

The film stars Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer and Emily Blunt as his wife, biologist and botanist Katherine “Kitty” Oppenheimer. Oscar® winner Matt Damon portrays General Leslie Groves Jr., director of the Manhattan Project, and Robert Downey, Jr. plays Lewis Strauss, a founding commissioner of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. Academy Award® nominee Florence Pugh plays psychiatrist Jean Tatlock, Benny Safdie plays theoretical physicist Edward Teller, Michael Angarano plays Robert Serber and Josh Hartnett plays pioneering American nuclear scientist Ernest Lawrence. Oppenheimer also stars Oscar® winner Rami Malek and reunites Nolan with eight-time Oscar® nominated actor, writer and filmmaker Kenneth Branagh.


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Editor Jennifer Lame

Jennifer Lame attended Wesleyan University, where she studied under documentary editor Jacob Bricca. She started as an apprentice on films like Peter Jackson‘s The Lovely Bones and Sidney Lumet‘s Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead. Lame quickly ascended the ranks as a feature and television assistant editor. Frances Ha was Lame‘s first feature editing credit and continued to collaborate with director Noah Baumbach on his releases, While We’re Young, Mistress America, Meyerowitz Stories and Marriage Story (nominated for a 2020 Eddie Award). Lame also edited Manchester By The Sea, for which she was nominated for an ACE Eddie, BAFTA and Indie Spirit Award. She joined forces with Ari Aster to edit Hereditary, and provided additional editing on Midsommar. Lame also edited on Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever for Marvel. Lame previously worked with Christopher Nolan on Tenet and has recently teamed up with Nolan again on his 2023 film, Oppenheimer. Most recently Lame collaborated with Darren Aronofsky, to create the immersive movie experience, Postcard From Earth, at the Las Vegas Sphere.

Production Designer Ruth De Jong

I was born in San Bernardino and lived in Southern California until I was 12, when my family relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Christian University, where I majored in painting, minored in photography, and played for the TCU women’s soccer team.

The summer before heading off to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts to pursue my master’s in painting, I had a course-altering conversation with Jack Fisk, whose daughter, Schuyler Fisk, is a dear friend of mine. We spoke about designing films, as he too came from a fine arts background, and he encouraged me to give it a try before heading off to grad school. I joined Jack as his assistant on There Will Be Blood and continued to work with him as an art director over the course of the next 10 years, before I began designing on my own. It was through Jack that I also met David Crank, and coming up under Jack and David was the most incredible experience.

I currently reside in Livingston, Montana, with my husband, Producer Charlie Skinner; our daughter, Sadie (4.5 years); and our English Shepherd, Rye.

Sound Editor Richard King

Richard King is an award-winning Sound Designer/Supervising Sound Editor. King has won four Academy Awards for Dunkirk, Inception, The Dark Knight, and Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World and was nominated for 2 others—Interstellar and War of the Worlds. In addition, he has won three Bafta Awards for Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World, Inception, and Dunkirk as well as four MPSE awards and the MPSE Career Achievement Award.

King has had the good fortune to work with many world class directors, including Sam Shepard, Nicolas Roeg, M. Night Shymalan, Robert Altman, Paul Thomas Anderson, William Friedkin, Peter Weir, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Patty Jenkins, and Denis Villeneuve.

His most recent credits include Oppenheimer, and the upcoming films Maestro and Dune: Part Two.

Physics Professor at UC Berkeley Benjamin Safdi

Benjamin Safdi received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master of Advanced Study from Cambridge University, as a Churchill Scholar, and his PhD from Princeton University in 2014. He was then a Pappalardo Fellow in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology until 2017, when he started as an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Safdi moved to LBNL in 2020 and then to UC Berkeley in 2021. He received the Department of Energy Early Career Award in 2018 and the IUPAP C11 Young Scientist Prize in Particles and Fields in 2020.


Film Details

Language English

Year 2023

Runtime 181

Country USA, UK

Director Christopher Nolan

Producer Emma Thomas, Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan

Writer Christopher Nolan

Editor Jennifer Lame

Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema

Music Ludwig Göransson

Cast Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Josh Hartnett, Casey Affleck, Rami Malek, Kenneth Branagh

Closed Captions Audio Descriptions are not available for this film

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not available for this film

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently scheduled for this film