Catching the Sun

  • Breathless Breathless
  • Velo Visionaries - Chris Carlsson Velo Visionaries - Chris Carlsson


Roxie Theater Sat, Apr 16, 2016 8:30 PM
Film Info
Director:Shalini Kantayya
Year of Production:2015
Premiere Status:San Francisco Premiere
Topic:Festival Awards
Climate Change
Changing Cities
Bay Area
Running Time:75 min.


2016 Best Feature Award

The race for clean energy is here. But what does the "green economy" actually look like on the ground? Trainees at a solar jobs program in Richmond, CA; Wally Jiang, a Chinese CEO; and SF Bay Area community activist Van Jones, are all facing the ups and downs of the emerging yet global race for a renewable future. Their successes and failures speak to one of the biggest questions of our time: will the U.S. actually be able to build a clean energy economy? Director Shalini Kantayya widens the climate change debate to explore the potential for environmental transformation to achieve economic justice in a solar-powered world.

"A must-see film. An eye-opening look at workers and entrepreneurs on the forefront of the clean energy movement that will transform and enliven the way you see the future. What is clear is the wonderful opportunity the transition to clean energy represents" ~ Mark Ruffalo

DISCUSSION WITH: Shalini Kantayya, director; and guests from the film; hosted by Julian Mocine-McQueen, Green For All.

Program Sponsors:

DLA Piper          New Resource Bank

Community Partners:

Breathe CA | Earth Island Institute | Green for All | Grid Alternatives | Vote Solar

Included Shorts

Breathless (2min) More
Velo Visionaries - Chris Carlsson (6min) More

Additional Information

Shalini Kantayya's production company, 7th Empire Media, aims to create a culture of human rights and a sustainable planet through imaginative media that makes real impact. Her sci-fi film about the world water crisis, Drop of Life, won Best Short at Palm Beach International. A William J. Fulbright Scholar, Shalini has received recognition from the Sundance Documentary Program, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.