Point of No Return

Point of No Return

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  • Directed by: Quinn Kanaly & Noel Dockstader
  • Released: 2018 (educational)
  • Year of Production: 2017
Running Time: 95 min. + 60 min. Edu Vers.
Language: English
Includes English Closed Captioning
Subtitle Options: English
Subjects: Environmental Studies, Science and Technology

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.

As light as a family car, with the wingspan of a 747. Solar Impulse is a marvel of aeronautical engineering. And a dangerous gamble.

Its delicate frame could snap in two. The custom tech could fail mid-flight. Its batteries could die in cloud cover or darkness. A thousand miscalculations could ground Solar Impulse before it reaches its goal. But for the team behind this revolutionary aircraft, the message—and the hope it carries to a world facing an environmental crisis—is well worth the risk.


“Huge step forward. It’s absolutely extraordinary. It’s pioneering clean energy.” - Richard Branson

“This very audacious courage – we need this kind of spirit to change this world.” - Ban Ki-Moon, Former UN Secretary-General

“An Absorbing Documentary” - The Hollywood Reporter

“A powerful wake-up call to action... As dramatic and thrilling as any cinematic space odyssey” - Broadway World


SF Documentary Film Festival 2018
United Nations Headquarters New York 2018
United Nations, Copenhagen  2018
Doc Edge Film Festival – New Zealand 2018
Bloomberg Future of Energy Summit 2018
DC Environmental Film Festival 2018
Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival 2018
Sedona International Film Festival 2018
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2018 
Hawaii International Film Festival 2017
Quinn Kanaly
“At its core, this film is about the perseverance and courage it takes to make difficult decisions when everything is on the line. When we look at the mountain of challenges facing us this century, I want this story of ingenuity and grit to give people hope.”
Noel Dockstader
“There’s no certainty in adventure. Or in filmmaking. We didn’t know if the plane would make it around the world or if we would have a story in the end. It was a moonshot. But we knew we had to try.”