A graduate of the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at NYU's Tisch School, Syeed's movie Providence is the story of a poor Kashmiri boat driver and an American scientist who discover the sources of pollution in Kashmir's main lake.
The New York-based Sloan Foundation focuses on science, technology, economics, and mathematics. The Foundation's public understanding initiative focuses on a broad audience including film, television, theater, books, and radio. The foundation helped develop such recent films as The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and Sleep Dealer.
The foundation's arts initiative is part of a larger effort to fund science and technology in fields such as species discovery and monitoring active galaxies. The foundation was created in 1934 to advance "quality of life" through science.