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A MOMENT IN THE SUN follows the story of a four-seat, solar- powered tandem bicycle that was built at the University of Queensland, Australia in the early 1980s. Long before the Green New Deal, solar pioneers grappled with the future of our planet. This is the story of one outlandish effort to change public opinion about renewable energy. The film follows the trials and tribulations of the tandem team, the fledgling solar industry as it struggled against the dominance of fossil fuels, and a family’s life definded by the quest for renewable energy.

Directors' Bio

A MOMENT IN THE SUN is Directed and Produced by award-winning filmmakers Leslie Ortabasi and Oktay Ortabasi. The primary focus of their documentary work is on wildlife, environment and sustainability. Their past projects include On The Wings of the Monarch, Backyard Bugs, Connections to the Land and In Search of the Pantanal. Oktay recently completed cinematography on Scott Saunder’s epic feature documentary The Nature Makers. Films they have made have played at these notable film festivals: Santa Barbara IFF, Sonoma IFF, Palm Springs IFF, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, BendFilm Festival, Newport Beach IFF, Boston Sci-Fi FF, Dances with Films.

This film is sponsored by Pacific Power

  • Year
  • Runtime
    70 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    US Premiere
  • Director
    Leslie Ortabasi, Oktay Ortabasi
  • Screenwriter
    Oktay Ortabasi
  • Producer
    Oktay Ortabasi, Leslie Ortabasi
  • Executive Producer
    Oktay Ortabasi, Leslie Ortabasi
  • Co-Producer
    Scott Saunders
  • Cast
    Ugur Ortabasi
  • Sound Design
    Ugo Derouard
  • Music
    David Mann