Point of No Return


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Tue, Sep 11, 2018 8:00 PM
Film Info
Director:Quinn Kanaly
Noel Dockstader
Year of Production:2017
Topic:Clean Energy
Science & Technology
SF Bay Area Filmmaker
Running Time:94 min.


Soaring at 28,000 feet without a drop of fuel, nothing is predictable. Not the weather, not the technology. And certainly not the fate of a man, alone for five days in a fragile, first-of-its-kind aircraft with nothing but ocean below.

Point of No Return takes you behind the headlines of the first solar-powered flight around the world—where two courageous pilots take turns battling nature, their own crew, and sometimes logic itself, to achieve the impossible. Not just to make history, but to inspire a revolution.


Expected guests: Directors Noel Dockstader and Quinn Kanaly; film’s subject and pilot, Bertrand Piccard; Heather Jackson (discussion emcee), SFGFF Board.

2018 Green Fire Award Finalist 


Program Sponsors:

SFPUC CleanPower SF        Consulate General of Switzerland in San FranciscoConsulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco

Quinn KanalyNoel DockstaderCreative partners for over a decade, filmmakers Noel Dockstader and Quinn Kanaly tell thought-provoking, impactful stories about science, history, the environment, and exploration. When they learned of Solar Impulse's audacious zero-fuel flight, they knew it had the potential to be one of the most important pioneering adventures of our time - and they felt compelled to capture it. Prior to Point of No Return, Dockstader and Kanaly's collaborative works at Far West Film (San Francisco, CA) have been broadcast in the US and internationally on PBS, National Geographic, and Discovery. Previous documentaries include Extreme Ice for PBS/NOVA, following photographer James Balog as he captured images of disappearing glaciers and ice sheets around the world, and Collapse, a two-hour special for National Geographic based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond.


Included Shorts

Wind Should Be Heard Not Seen (13min) More