Point Of No Return - K-12 Version
Documents the first solar-powered, round-the-world flight. For K-12 there is a bundle available with an extensive curriculum and a classroom builder kit.
57 or 95 minutes
Directed by Noel Dockstader, Quinn Kanaly
Executive Producers: Ian Reinhard, Angus Macqueen, Dana Nachman
Cinematography: Mathieu Czernichow, Yoann Le Gruiec, Daniel Meyers, Payam Azadi, Noel Dockstader
Editors: Daniel Meyers, Payam Azadi, Noel Dockstader
Music: Dave Tweedie
A Far West Film Production in association with WGBH Boston
Community screenings of POINT OF NO RETURN can be booked at Bullfrog Communities.
"Just WOW!...[H]ighly recommended for anyone who dreams of bringing huge ideas to life." Dr. Tina Seelig, Professor of the Practice, Stanford Univ
There are two versions of this program on the same DVD: 95-minutes and 57-minutes.
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 viewers 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.
Bring the award-winning documentary and related STEM environmental education enrichment curriculum to your school or classroom to increase environmental literacy and STEM learning and inspire students to imagine innovative solutions for the climate crisis.
- For school systems license the film through Docuseek, our academic streaming platform.
- For individual teachers or home schoolers, the 57-minute version of the film is available to stream anytime.
Or select the DVD, which includes both the 57-minute classroom version and the 95-minute version.
The curriculum is organized into six themes and is appropriate for upper elementary, middle and high school. Read more...
The classroom builder kit accommodates 30 students and additional kits can be ordered. For home schooling and distance learning, a builder kit for 1-3 students is available. Read more...
Grade Level: 3-12
US Release Date: 2020
Copyright Date: 2017
DVD ISBN: 1-948745-49-6
|"Think we can't take on big technological challenges any longer? Believe our energy conundrum is hopeless? Point of No Return proves otherwise! A stunningly beautiful and engaging film, Point of No Return restores faith in human ingenuity, international cooperation, and our ability to reach new frontiers in sustainable energy. It is sure to inspire students in engineering as well as well those in the environmental sciences." |
Brian Black, Professor, History and Environmental Studies, Pennsylvania State University - Altoona, Editor, Energy and Society
"Just WOW! What an incredible story filled with remarkable highs and lows, both physical and emotional. Point of No Return magnificently demonstrates how inventors construct the path from 'impossible to inevitable.' It is highly recommended for anyone who dreams of bringing huge ideas to life."
Dr. Tina Seelig, Professor of the Practice, Department of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University, Author, inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity
"Watching Point of No Return was a deeply moving opportunity. Especially in these times, students need to build confidence in science and engineering to face and to conquer climate change. The self-professed goal of the Solar Impulse flight was not to circumnavigate the earth without the use of fossil fuels. It was exactly to send this message: 'What we do in the air we can do on the ground' with renewable energy."
Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, Professor Emeritus of Engineering, Cornell University, Senior Fellow, Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy
Order for K-12 schools
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* For individual teachers or home schoolers, the 57-minute version of the film is available to stream anytime. After your purchase is complete, we will send you a link and code to access the full film on Vimeo On Demand. This will require you to create a Vimeo account.
** The Classroom Builder Kit will be shipped separately.
* 2 Versions of the film on the same DVD: 95 mins and 57 mins
* SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
* Scene selection
Awards and Festivals
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Hawaii International Film Festival
Heartland Film Festival
St. Louis Film Festival
Planet In Focus Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival In The Nation's Capital
Twin Cities Film Festival
Sedona International Film Festival
San Francisco Green Film Festival
Seoul Eco Film Festival
San Francisco Documentary Film Festival
Doc Edge Film Festival, New Zealand
Cine Eco Festival
Jaipur International Film Festival
London Green Film Festival
Goethe Institute Science Film Festival
Adventure Film Festival
InScience Film Festival
Aegean Film Festival
Green Fest Belgrade
360 Science and Technology Festival, Moscow
Transitions Film Festival
Aero Film Festival
Planet Earth Arts Festival
United Nations HQ, New York
United Nations, UN City, Copenhagen
Bloomberg Future of Energy Summit, New York
COP 24 UN Global Climate Summit, Katowice, Poland
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